Bangladesh to visit Pakistan in August to play two Tests

Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed celebrate a wicket of Zimbabwe with team mates in a Twenty20 international in Dhaka on 10 May 2024.Prothom Alo

Pakistan on Friday announced Test matches against Bangladesh, England and the West Indies -- as well as a one-day tri-series -- in a jam-packed schedule lasting until February next year.

Bangladesh will first visit Pakistan in August for two Tests, followed by three Tests against England in October and then two against the West Indies in January.

Following that, Pakistan will host a tri-series one-day in February in the build up to the eight-nation Champions Trophy tournament they will also host later in February and March.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohsin Naqvi -- also the country's serving interior minister -- said the timetable shows the nation's commitment to host international play.

Foreign teams did not play in Pakistan from 2009 to 2015 after militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus, wounding seven touring players and killing eight people.

"These series are vital part of our strategy to strengthen Pakistan's position in international cricket and ensure long-term sustainability for sport in the country," Naqvi said in a statement.

With improved security, Pakistan has hosted major cricketing countries including Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa in the last four years.

The Champions Trophy tournament will be the first major cricket event in the country since it co-hosted the 1996 World Cup with India and Sri Lanka.

The PCB said match dates for the competition -- taking place from February 19 to March 9 -- will be announced later.

Pakistan's home season 2024-25

21-25 Aug: First Test vs Bangladesh, Rawalpindi

30 Aug - 3 Sept: Second Test, Karachi

7-11 Oct: First Test vs England, Multan

15-19 Oct: Second Test vs England, Karachi

24-28 Oct: Third Test vs England, Rawalpindi

16-20 Jan: First Test against West Indies, Karachi

24-28 Jan: Second Test vs West Indies, Multan

ODI tri-series 8 Feb: Pakistan v New Zealand, Multan

10 Feb: New Zealand v South Africa, Multan

12 Feb: Pakistan v South Africa, Multan

14 Feb: Final, Multan

Champions Trophy 19 Feb - 9 Mar