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Published on: Jun 29, 2011
England will play Pakistan in Test, one-day international and Twenty20 fixtures in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of their 2011/12 tour programme, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Wednesday.
England and Pakistan are due to play three Tests, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The tour adds to a programme that will also see Englandtravelling to 50-over world champions India for five ODIs and a Twenty20 in October, before a two-Test series away to Sri Lanka in March-April.
Pakistan have not played a major international match in their own country since Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked by armed militants in Lahore in March 2009.
The India series concludes at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, one of world cricket's most iconic venues but also one where England were denied the chance to play India during the World Cup after the International Cricket Council deemed refurbishment work had not been completed in time.
"We are very pleased to have agreed an itinerary with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for the forthcoming one-day Series which includes matches in India's major cities and will suit the needs of both the England team and our travelling supporters," said ECB chief executive David Collier.
"With India due to play a NatWest (one-day) Series here in September, there is bound to be intense interest in the return contest in India this October and we look forward to what should be a fascinating series of one-day encounters between the two teams.
"The remainder of the winter programme will see England travel to UAE early in the New Year to play Pakistan in all three formats of the game followed by a short break in the UK before the team takes on Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series," he added.
The three Twenty20 matches in Pakistan, an unusually high number for one tour, will help England prepare for the defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next year.
It is in Sri Lanka where England will round off their tour programme, with the ECB adding England will return to the island nation for an ODI series in Novenmber or early December 2014.
In total, England will play five Tests, nine ODIS and four Twenty20s in just over five months -- a much less packed schedule than their most recent tour programme which saw an Ashes series in Australia followed by the World Cup.
1st Test: England Vs Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) - Jan 17-19, 2012
England 192 and 160; Pakistan 338 and 15/0
2nd Test: Pakistan Vs England at Abu Dhabi - Jan 25-29, 2012
3rd Test: Pakistan Vs England at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 3-7, 2012
Tour Match: England XI Vs England Lions at Abu Dhabi - Feb 10, 2012
1st ODI: Pakistan Vs England at Abu Dhabi - Feb 13, 2012
2nd ODI: Pakistan Vs England at Abu Dhabi - Feb 15, 2012
3rd ODI: Pakistan Vs England at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 18, 2012
4th ODI: Pakistan Vs England at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 21, 2012
1st T20I: Pakistan Vs England at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 23, 2012
2nd T20I: Pakistan Vs England at Dubai (DSC) - Feb 25, 2012
3rd T20I: Pakistan Vs England at Abu Dhabi - Feb 27, 2012