Sri Lanka, Ireland set to embark on historic tour of Pakistan

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For the first time, Pakistan is set to stage the ICC Women’s Championship fixtures in their home country when they play Sri Lanka in three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals in May-June, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Monday. The matches will serve as a preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and Asian Games in China.

In a bumper season announced for Pakistan, who finished at the bottom of the table in the ongoing 50-over world cup, Bismah Maroof’s team will participate in eight competitions from May 2022 to February 2023, which includes the ICC Women’s Championship commitments, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup.

As part of the ICC Women’s Championship, Ireland will make its first-ever tour to Pakistan, where they will play six white-ball matches (three ODIs, three T20Is).

Pakistan will then travel to Australia to play three ODIs and three T20Is in January and February as preparation for the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in South Africa in February 2023.

Ireland’s tour of Pakistan

The series will be the first visit to Pakistan by a senior Irish side (men or women). The joint announcement from PCB and Cricket Ireland comes on the heels of Pakistan Women’s confirmed visit to Ireland for a tri-series (also involving Australia) in July this year.

The women’s teams of Ireland and Pakistan first played each other at the 1997 Women’s World Cup. Subsequently, they faced each other in a Test match in 2000 and have since met 31 more times across formats.

This historic visit of the Irish team will begin with the ODI leg from November 6 with points from the three games going towards the ICC Women’s Championship. The tour is scheduled to end on 18 November with the last of the three T20Is.

(Agencies )