Emirates Old Trafford to host Pakistan internationals
Lancashire Cricket will host one Test and three Vitality IT20s behind-closed-doors in August and September
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today announced that Emirates Old Trafford will host England Men’s international matches behind-closed-doors later this summer against Pakistan.
The home of Lancashire Cricket, which is also hosting the second and third Test matches against the West Indies, has been selected to host a further four internationals.
This includes the first Test of a three-match series between 5-9 August, before then hosting all three Vitality International T20 matches between the two sides on 28 August, 30 August and 1 September.
The remaining two Test matches against Pakistan will be held at The Ageas Bowl, which will also host a three-match Royal London One-Day International series against Ireland between 30 July-4 August.
Pakistan, who arrived into the UK on Sunday 28 June, have started their preparation ahead of a packed schedule, which consists of three Test matches and three Vitality IT20s.
They are undergoing a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester before transferring to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground on Monday 13 July to accelerate their preparation ahead of the first Test, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire Cricket, said: “We’re delighted to have been named as a host venue for another four internationals between England and Pakistan all of which will take place at Emirates Old Trafford in August and September.
“We are one of the first venues in the UK to be hosting international sport and it is something that we are all very proud to be a part of. We have been working closely with the ECB to ensure that as a venue we are doing everything we can to facilitate the teams, staff, broadcasters and media in the safest possible environment and in doing so meeting the ever-changing international and Government guidelines.
“The facilities we have at Emirates Old Trafford are some of the best in the country, if not the world, following on from a decade-long £60 million redevelopment of the ground, including the four-star 150-bed Hilton Garden Inn which Lancashire Cricket owns and operates. As part of the hotel, which is where both teams will stay, we have implemented specific measures including Hilton’s ‘Clean Stay’ initiative across the venue.
“We are now able to lead the way in terms of hosting events, adapt to the new procedures in place and create a blueprint for when we are able to welcome back events in the near future.
“These fixtures are testament to the team at Emirates Old Trafford, who have been working tirelessly to ensure that the venue is as secure as possible for all those on-site. We’ve had some incredibly positive feedback so far from both the West Indies Cricket Board and the ECB for the work carried out over the past two months and I’m extremely confident that we will continue to deliver these additional internationals to the highest standard possible when Pakistan visit.”
ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison, said: “Confirmation of these matches against Ireland and Pakistan is another important step for our game as we begin to safely stage international cricket again, but also to minimise the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on cricket at all levels.
“It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket.
“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of the Cricket West Indies, Cricket Ireland, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their willingness and co-operation to get international cricket back up and running and allow these matches to be staged.
“Sports fans across the world will benefit as international cricket returns to our screens while it will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we aim to withstand the challenges in front of us.
“It must be reiterated that there is still much work for the ECB and the cricket network to do as we try to plot a path through this pandemic.
“Chief amongst our priorities is to build on our commitment to support and grow women’s cricket and at the elite level discussions continue to progress to determine the best and safest way to host a tri-series against India and South Africa.
“We also continue to explore options for our England Men to play white-ball series against Australia this summer and hope to have news on those series soon.”
1st Test v Pakistan: 5-9 August at Emirates Old Trafford
2nd Test v Pakistan: 13-17 August at Ageas Bowl
3rd Test v Pakistan: 21-25 August at Ageas Bowl
Vitality IT20 Series:
1st IT20 v Pakistan: Friday 28 August at Emirates Old Trafford (6.00pm start)
2nd IT20 v Pakistan: Sunday 30 August at Emirates Old Trafford (2.30pm start)
3rd IT20 v Pakistan: Tuesday 1 September at Emirates Old Trafford (6.00pm start)