England vs Pakistan T20 LIVE: Cricket Results and Updates from Karachi National Stadium

England are training for the 1st T20 game against Pakistan in Karachi

It has been 17 years since England last toured Pakistan, during which time various series have been canceled due to safety concerns and concerns over the players’ physical and mental health. Just last year, the ECB called off its tour of the country citing security concerns, leading Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja to denounce them for failing to help a “member of their cricket fraternity”. The year before, Pakistan had traveled through England in biosecured bubbles during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to ease the ECB’s financial burden.

That England should not reciprocate such a venture did not sit well with the PCB, but negotiations resumed and a new tour was planned. Originally England played two men’s and women’s T20 double-headers, with the women’s team remaining for three ODIs, but that has changed to a men-only T20I series of seven games, with the first game today ahead of the T20 World Cup in October/ will be held in November.

England has also donated a five-figure sum to the Disasters Emergency Committee to help areas of Pakistan devastated by recent floods, according to Captain Jos Buttler. Buttler himself is out for the first part of the tour with a calf injury and Moeen Ali will lead the team. This series will be exciting and historic and should provide both sides with strong preparation for next month’s World Cup.

Follow the action as Pakistan host England for the first time in 17 years:

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Wait a long time

Only one active international cricketer attended England’s last game in Pakistan in December 2005. This is James Anderson who has not played white ball cricket since 2015 but was the match winner on that occasion with bowling numbers of 4-48.

Shoaib Malik – who last played for Pakistan in November 2021 – also featured in that game.

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Pakistani fans will be ‘over the moon’ to welcome England, predicts Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan predicts cricket fans in Karachi will be “over the moon” to welcome England on Tuesday when they compete on Pakistani soil for the first time in 17 years.

International matches have gradually returned to the country since the end of a decade-long absence following the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in 2009, with England finally embarking on their own landmark journey after canceling a planned visit last year.

The 35,000-capacity National Stadium is sure to be buzzing with excitement as it hosts the first of seven Twenty20s between teams, and while a broken finger means he’ll be watching from afar, Jordan knows better than most what awaits him.

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Pakistan vs England

Pakistan have won six of their last 20 completed T20 games against England, with 13 defeats and a single draw at Sharjah in 2015 (where England won the Super Over).

The two teams last met in the summer of 2021 as England won the series 2-1 from behind in three games after Shaheen Shah and Babar Azam won the opener of the series together at Trent Bridge.

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England in Karachi

England have used the last few days to get used to the conditions and humidity in Pakistan ahead of today’s first T20 in Karachi.

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Moeen dismisses claims England brought a weakened squad

Moeen Ali says talk of England taking their ‘B-Team’ to Pakistan is not at all accurate and that some veteran players like Jonny Bairstow (injured) and Jason Roy (out of form) are the younger members of the squad to indulge in ways to impress.

“The only person who isn’t here is Ben Stokes from the boys who could be,” Moeen said. “We still have a very good team, I don’t see them as a second-tier team at all.

“It’s not down to selection, more unfortunate injuries, but it gives new players an opportunity to come into the game.”

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Pakistan vs England

A seven-game tour of the T20 series is a very unique prospect and should show all the excitement of the game’s shortest format – at international level – and give both sides valuable time to hone their skills ahead of the T20 World Cup in October/November to improve.

England have been one of the dominant forces in one-day cricket for years but following the retirement of Eoin Morgan from the international stage they are in a period of rebuilding and face a confident Pakistan side very skillfully managed by Babar Azam.

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What are the squads like?

England have opted to bring a young squad to Pakistan despite most of the players having some form of international experience.

For a variety of reasons, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes were not selected and England were expected to field what might be an unfamiliar but exciting batting line-up.

Here’s a look at both teams:

England squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Alex Hales, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley , David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood, Mark Wood

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Aamir Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir

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How can I watch Pakistan vs England?

Sky Sports will show all seven T20s with coverage of Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket. If you’re not a Sky customer, you can get one NOWTV Day Pass here watch without subscription.

Test Match Special will also broadcast ball-by-ball commentary from the tour, accessible via BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra on the BBC Sport website and BBC Sounds app.

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‘That’s the way it should be’: Moeen Ali is looking forward to captaining England for a historic game in Pakistan

Moeen Ali believes it “should be” as he prepares to captain the England men’s cricket team for their landmark T20 international match against Pakistan in Karachi.

Moeen – who is of Pakistani descent – will lead the side for the first of the seven-game T20 series in the absence of regular skipper Jos Buttler with a calf injury.

England have not played an international match in Pakistan since 2006, with an attack by gunmen on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 making the prospect too great a security risk.

International cricket was not played in Pakistan for six years following the 2009 attack before Zimbabwe played an ODI series there in 2015, Sri Lanka returned to the men’s first Test match in 2019 and Australia played in all three formats earlier this year.

Now England – who pulled their men’s and women’s teams from scheduled tours to the country last year after a security threat – are finally returning and Moeen, 35, knows how important their presence is to his mother’s country of birth and acknowledges how it is fitting that he will specifically command the tourists.

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Moeen Ali reflects on Pakistani heritage

Moeen Ali has the honor of leading England for their first game in Pakistan since 2005. His family was born in Pakistan before migrating to England where Moeen grew up and became a professional cricketer.

With such a historic occasion on the cards in this series, Moeen has reflected on his heritage as a child of Pakistan and England and what it means to represent one country against the other.

“When my grandfather Shafayat came to England from Pakistan after World War II, I doubt even he could have imagined his grandson returning to the country of his origin and representing his adopted country as a professional athlete,” Moeen wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

“I have had the privilege of taking many trips abroad as an English cricketer from Australia to South Africa to the Caribbean but this tour to Pakistan is perhaps the most special of all.

“Playing in front of the Pakistani crowd will be memorable and it will also be a great honor to represent Jos Buttler while he recovers from injury and to captain England.

“For those who don’t know, my family background is both English and Pakistani. Actually, my late grandmother’s name was Betty Cox, but I think the cricket side of me definitely comes from my Pakistani side.

“I grew up playing the taped ball game like they do in Pakistan and my dad always says I have this Asian style of playing the game without fear.

“This country has a special place in my heart because my mother was born here and it was in Karachi that a doctor saved the lives of my father and his twin brother when they were seven months old.”

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