England cricket team arrive for first Pakistan tour in 17 yearssince 2005

England's "excited" cricket squad touched down in Karachi on Thursday for their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, a lengthy absence brought about by security fears.

England last played in Pakistan in 2005 and were due to visit last year, but cancelled at short notice after New Zealand pulled out of a tour citing safety concerns.  

The move infuriated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who called it "disrespectful" and had been desperate to show the country was safe again following a deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team in 2009.

A 19-man England squad captained by Jos Buttler will play seven Twenty20 games against Pakistan in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2 as both teams tune up for next month's T20 World Cup in Australia.

Some of the players who featured in the Pakistan Super League have shared positive things about Pakistan and how much the public like the game.

Over the past five years international cricket has gradually returned to Pakistan and earlier this year Australia toured successfully for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

The PCB said that the Australia series "demonstrated our event-planning and operational skills" and expressed confidence that the England games will also pass off safely.

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