As the New Year is already here, the fans in Pakistan can’t wait for the upcoming season of cricket. Pakistan cricket team had a wonderful outing against Sri Lanka at home in the Test series and now the green shirts are gearing up for the year 2020 to face new challenges.
According to the latest future tour program, the men in green are going to host Bangladesh in January for two Test matches and 3 T20Is. In July 2020, the green shirts are going to be back in the 50-over format as they will face Netherlands in a 3 ODI match series.
July 2020 will also bring the Test matches of the ICC World Test Championship as Pakistan are going to take on England in 3 Test matches followed by two T20Is against Ireland in Ireland. In September 2020, the green shirts are going to host the prestigious Asia Cup for the first time in 11 years. Asia Cup was last hosted in Pakistan in 2008. After the conclusion of the Asia Cup, another big series is going to wait for the green shirts as they will take on the Proteas at their own backyard for three ODIs and as many T20Is.
In October 2020, the green shirts would be taking part in the most celebrated ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Pakistan always enjoyed great performances in the T20 format and they are currently the no.1 ranked side in this particular format. After the ICC T20 World Cup, Pakistan would welcome the cricket once again at their home as they will play against Zimbabwe in three ODIs and three T20Is at home. By the end of next year, the men in green would be heading towards the land of Kiwis for a series of two Tests and three T20Is.
The Test series in New Zealand is going to be part of the ICC World Test Championship in November/December 2021. The next year of 2020 is going to bring a lot of challenges for the men in green. The players of Pakistan are also going to be involved in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League in February 2020.
There’s a lot of T20 cricket coming up in 2020 as Pakistan would take part in the Asia Cup at home, which is going to be played in the T20 format in order to prepare for the next year’s ICC T20 World Cup. Pakistan have won both the titles so far as its last triumph in the Asia Cup came in 2012 after winning the 2nd edition of the ICC World T20 in 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan.
Here’s Pakistan’s schedule in 2020:
January-February: 2 Tests and 3 T20Is against Bangladesh – home
July: 3 ODIs against the Netherlands – away
July-August: 3 Tests against England – away
August: 2 T20Is against Ireland – away
August-September: 3 T20Is against England – away
September: Asia Cup
October: 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is against South Africa – away
October-November: ICC T20 World Cup in Australia
November-December: 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is against Zimbabwe – home
December 2020-January 2021: 2 Tests and 3 T20Is against New Zealand – away