World Test Championship: Pakistan To Play Only 27 Tests In Four Years

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has managed to schedule only 27 Tests during the next two cycles of the World Test Championship (WTC) i.e. from 2023 to 2027. Only the West Indies and the Sri Lankans play lesser number of Test matches during the period.
Here is a look at Pakistan’s Future Tour Program in detail that was unveiled by the board yesterday.

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PCB Schedules Only 27 Test Matches During The Next Two Cycles Of The World Test Championship

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Pakistani cricketers will remain engaged in international cricket for a minimum of 238 days during the four year period from 2023 to 2027. The men in green play at least 27 ICC World Test Championship fixtures (13 home and 14 away), 47 One-Day Internationals (26 home and 21 away) and 56 Twenty20 Internationals (27 home and 29 away). Boys from the national side are also expected to feature in HBL PSL apart from the aforesaid. The complete schedule is as below.

July – Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka (2 Tests)
August – Pakistan’s tour of Afghanistan (3 ODIs)
September – ACC 50-over Asia Cup (To be Hosted by Pakistan)
October/November – ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup In India 
December/January – Pakistan’s tour of Australia (3 Tests)
February/March – West Indies tour of Pakistan (2 Tests, 3 T20Is)
May – Pakistan’s tour of Ireland (3 T20Is) and England (5 T20Is)
June – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup USA/West Indies 2024
August – Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan (2 Tests)
October – England’s tour of Pakistan (3 Tests)
November – Pakistan’s tour of Australia (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
November/December – Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
December/January – Pakistan tour of South Africa (2 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is)
January – Pakistan tour of New Zealand (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
February – New Zealand and South Africa’s tour of Pakistan (ODI tri-series)
February/March – ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan 
May – Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
July/August – Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is)
August – Afghanistan’s tour of Pakistan (3 T20Is)
August/September – ACC T20 Asia Cup (Host/Venue To Be Decided)
September/October – Ireland’s tour of Pakistan (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is)
October/November – South Africa’s tour of Pakistan (2 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is)
November – Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is)
February – Australia’s tour of Pakistan (3 T20Is)
February/March – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup India/Sri Lanka 2026
March – Australia’s tour of Pakistan (3 ODIs)
March/April – Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh (2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
April/May – Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
July/August – Pakistan’s tour of West Indies (2 Tests)
August/September – Pakistan’s tour of England (3 Tests)
October – Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan (3 T20Is)
October/November – England and Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan (ODI tri-series)
November – Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan (2 Tests)
March – New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan (2 Tests)
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Lesser Number Test Matches

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PCB’s chairman Ramiz Raja has often advocated for an increase in the number of Test matches. He has also spoken in favor of Pakistan playing four or five Test match series however, the green shirts will mostly be engaged in two or three Test match series during the period. Nevertheless, Chief Executive PCB, Faisal Hussain explained that the schedule was finalized while keeping in mind other important aspects of the game. Hence, he said, “While finalizing our Future Tours Program 2023-2027 in a tight and densely-packed cricket calendar, we have given priority to context, quality and player workload. We have also tried to find an appropriate balance across all the three formats so that these continue to co-exist meaningfully.

“I am sure that our cricket fans will be delighted to know that top-ranked and attractive sides such as Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will visit Pakistan to compete in matches for the ICC World Test Championship. Additionally, Afghanistan, Australia, Ireland and Zimbabwe will also tour Pakistan for the white-ball matches, which means 10 of the 12 ICC Full Members will play cricket in Pakistan during the four-year period. This is exciting!

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“We are also mindful that our sides must be provided with the best preparation opportunities so that they perform strongly in ICC competitions. Accordingly, this has also been an integral part of our strategy around scheduling, as we have scheduled appropriate international matches in the lead up to the ICC events.”