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PCB Unveils Exciting Home Season with Bangladesh, England, and West Indies Tests

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled a jam-packed schedule for the national cricket team, including home Test series against Bangladesh, England, and the West Indies, as well as a One-Day International (ODI) tri-series with South Africa and New Zealand. This intense schedule will keep cricket fans entertained from August this year until February 2025.

In a surprising move, the PCB has opted not to use the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, where its headquarters are located, for these significant matches. Instead, the matches will be held in Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Multan. The Gaddafi Stadium is currently undergoing major renovations in preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

Bangladesh Tour

The series will kick off with Bangladesh playing two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi from August 21 to September 3. This will be Bangladesh's first Test series in Pakistan since February 2020.

England Series

England will then tour Pakistan for three Tests in October, with matches scheduled in Multan, Karachi, and Rawalpindi. The last time England played Test matches in Pakistan was in December 2022, when they secured a series sweep.

West Indies Series

In January 2025, the West Indies will visit Pakistan for a two-Test series in Karachi and Multan. This will be their first Test tour to Pakistan since November 2006.

Tri-Nation ODI Series

The schedule also includes a tri-nation ODI series featuring Pakistan, New Zealand, and South Africa. All matches will be played in Multan in February 2025.

The PCB explained that the refurbishment work at Gaddafi Stadium is essential for hosting high-profile matches during the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. Renovations at Karachi and Rawalpindi will also commence soon, but these venues are still set to host matches in the upcoming season.

"Karachi, Multan, and Rawalpindi will share the seven Tests and four ODIs between them. The Gaddafi Stadium is currently undergoing redesign and redevelopment work as part of preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, but it is expected to be ready to stage most of the high-profile matches from February 19 to March 9," stated the PCB in a press release.

In addition to the home fixtures, the Pakistan team will tour Australia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe from November 2024 to January 2025. During these tours, they will play two Tests, nine ODIs, and nine T20 Internationals.

The international cricket season will culminate with the ICC Champions Trophy, hosted by Pakistan, with the final scheduled for March 9. The tournament will feature Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and Pakistan.

From August 2024 to March 2025, Pakistan’s men’s team will play nine Tests, nine T20Is, and at least 14 ODIs. The number of ODIs may increase based on their performance in the tri-nation series and the ICC Champions Trophy.

Pakistan’s nine Tests against Bangladesh, England, West Indies, and South Africa (away) are part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25. So far, Pakistan has played five Tests in two series against Sri Lanka and Australia, winning two and losing three. This has placed them in fifth position on the table with 22 points, with India leading the table with 74 points after three series.

Bangladesh last played a Test in Pakistan in February 2020, while England swept a three-Test series in December 2022. The forthcoming season will also mark the West Indies' first Test tour to Pakistan since November 2006.

PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi expressed optimism about the packed home season, stating, “It was critically important for us to finalize, lock, and announce our 2024-25 home international cricket season now. This ensures that both the men’s cricket team management and the PCB event staff have sufficient time to prepare, plan, and deliver these series to our very high expectations and standards, showcasing Pakistan as an outstanding cricket nation and the PCB as a thoroughly professional organization.”

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