Pakistan hosted the Test series against England for the first time since 2005.
After England won the recent T20 series in the country by a score of 4-3, the teams will now play each other in three Tests, starting in Rawalpindi on Thursday before the next matches in Multan and Karachi.
After a summer in which England lost only one Test, they have their first overseas tour under the guidance of captain Ben Stokes and manager Brendon McCullum, in the hope of continue their red ball revolution.
Security concerns in recent years have kept Pakistan playing most of its matches away from home and there have been discussions about moving the First Test following an assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
What happened the last time Britain was in Pakistan?
England had just started off with a historic victory in the Ashes, beating Australia at home in a series of erratic ups and downs as Michael Vaughan’s side finally lifted the pot at The Oval.
By the time they embarked on a three-match tour of Pakistan in November 2005, England had lost only two Test matches that calendar year.
South Africa beat them with 196 runs in Cape Town in January, and Australia won the first Ashes Test at Lord’s with 239 runs.
Pakistan played six Tests before hosting the British, winning three, including convincing victories over India and the West Indies.
England were ranked second in the world at the time, two places ahead of Pakistan, but they have won only once in Pakistan since 1968, lost four times and drawn 16 times.
The 2005-06 series has other meanings for England, a star-studded team that has dominated Test cricket for 18 months.
They met a South African team featuring Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith and an Australian team consisting of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee.
So facing the likes of Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Salman Butt will not instill fear in an elated and confident England team.
Mid-Range Collapse in the First Test
In the first test, England looked set to continue their good form, with reserve captain Marcus Trescothick scoring a brilliant 193 points to give them a 144-run lead in the first half.
Entering the final day of competition, England were chasing 198 with a score of 24-1 and were considered the favorites to win the match but they were stunned by Pakistan’s bowling attack. , lost 5 racquets in 10 rounds during the morning and lost the Test with 22 runs.
Only Ian Bell and Geraint Jones reached the age of 30 in the second half, as Akhtar took three, while Danish Kaneria finished 4-62.
Is Inzamam-ul-Haq a draw?
England passed the Second Test in Faisalabad with a draw after collapsing in another second – there was a period where they were leading 20-4, with none of the opening four players reaching a goal. double number.
But Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff shared a partnership that lasted 80 times to help stabilize the ship, before Geraint Jones and Ashley Giles guided England to a draw.
The game could have been more memorable for Inzamam-ul-Haq’s centuries in both innings, helping him surpass Javed Miandad’s national record of 23 hundred tests – a record since then held by Younis Khan passed.
Double century from Yousuf helps Pakistan win the series
With the series poised to enter the Final Test in Lahore, Britain must have hoped to leave Pakistan with a piece of the spoils.
Pakistan restricted England to the lead 288 times in the first half, the home team comfortably chasing.
Mohammad Yousuf peaked with 223, while Kamran Akmal finished in 154 as Pakistan claimed with 636 across the board and an impressive lead with 348 runs.
Akhtar had won five goals as England were blown away on the final day, losing in one run and 100 runs. After the euphoria that enveloped the nation over Ashes Day, Britain ended the year on a disappointing low.
Watch England play in Pakistan live on Sky Sports. The first test, in Rawalpindi, started at 5am UK time on Thursday with our build starting at 4:30am on Sky Sports Cricket.