Pakistan set for Netherlands and Ireland clashes ahead of 2020 tour of England

Waseem Ahmed 14:26 01/10/2019
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Pakistan will reportedly take on Ireland and the Netherlands in limited-overs clashes prior to their tour of England in 2020.

The Men in Green are slated to take on England in three Tests and as many T20s in the summer next year with the opening clash scheduled to begin on July 30.

According to a report by Geo TV, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been able to finalise a total of five limited-overs clashes against the Dutch and Irish in the lead up to the tour of England.

The report states that the Men in Green will take on Netherlands first up in a three-match ODI series before they lock horns with Ireland in two T20 clashes. The five matches are expected to take place in the month of July ahead of the three-match Test series between England and Pakistan.

An official announcement for the same is expected soon by the PCB.

For Netherlands, it will be the first ODI meeting against Pakistan since their 97-run loss to the Men in Green in the 2003 ICC World Cup in South Africa. The two teams have met thrice in the format previously with Pakistan prevailing on every single occasion.

Ireland, meanwhile, have played Pakistan only once previously in the T20 format with the Men in Green emerging victors by 39 runs during the 2009 World T20 clash between the two sides at the Oval in London.

Pakistan are currently involved in an ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka at Karachi with the third and final match set to take place at the National Stadium on Wednesday. The two teams will then move on to Lahore for the T20I leg of the tour with the three-match series slated to begin on October 5.

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