England tour to Pakistan postponed

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Eoin Morgan (c) alongside Jonny Bairstow (l) and Liam Plunkett (r) following his side's 31 run victory during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and India at Edgbaston on June 30, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The congested fixture list in the cricketing calendar has seen the much-anticipated England tour to Pakistan postponed. The proposed tour, which was scheduled for the new year, was called off after the strength of the squad was uncertain. England are due to play Sri Lanka and India in early 2021, so a Pakistan tour would have required a second squad.

Despite this set back, work is continuing behind the scenes for a possible autumn tour in preparation for the 2020 World Cup in Australia, which was rescheduled due to the Coronavirus.

If this tour materializes, it would be the first in 15 years and the first since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore in 2009.

The Pakistani Cricket Board is itching for the tour to go ahead as a reciprocal gesture for touring England in the summer at the height of the Coronavirus. They were the second team to do so after the West Indies.