It was England’s
first tour of Pakistan
for thirteen years. Before arriving there England
had underperformed in the ICC Knockout Trophy in Kenya, going out of the
tournament in their second match.They
fared little better in the one-day matches in Pakistan, their batting falling
short on turning pitches.
The ECB was determined that good relations should be restored between
the two cricket boards and chief executive Tim Lamb made a speech in Lahore
thanking Pakistan for their warm welcome.
Yet relations were tested at Karachi
as England became the
first country to get the better of Pakistan in any Test match there.
began the last day 88 ahead and with seven wickets in hand, they collapsed to
158 all out, setting a target of 176. But the light was failing and England had to
overcome Moin Khan’s blatant delaying tactics as the umpires refused to take
the players off for bad light. Hussain and Thorpe found the runs somehow as
near darkness descended on Karachi.
This was England’s first
victory on Pakistan
soil since 1961.
The two earlier Test matches had been drawn on pitches that
turned, but too slowly for the bowlers to break through, so England gained a 1-0 series win.
David Graveney (chairman),
Duncan Fletcher (coach), Nasser Hussain (captain)
Not considered:Dean Headley (back injury - he was forced to retire in March 2001).
Tour Party Announced : 28
Withdrawn:Alan Mullally, who was replaced on 18
September by Matthew Hoggard. Nick Knight (damaged left knee) was replaced by
Vikram Solanki on 26 September.
Not selected:The stand-by Test players wereMark Ramprakash, Robert Croft, Chris Read,
Chris Silverwood and Steve Harmison.
Time between selection and departure from England
(28 August - 27 September)
The England limited-overs squad left London on Thursday 27 September for Kenya.
On 16 October the England
ODI team arrived in Pakistan
where they had participated in the I.C.C. knockout tournament,
On 24 October England Test players (Atherton, Cork, Nixon, Salisbury
and Vaughan) arrived in Lahore.
Time spent in Pakistan
October -11 December)
Duncan Fletcher and Nasser Hussain.
On 5 October Paul Grayson
was added to the one-day squad as cover for Ashley Giles’s calf strain.
Alex Tudor was called up to replace Andrew
Flintoff whose back injury made it difficult for him to bowl. But
Flintoff was able to return for the Test series as a batsman covering for
Michael Vaughan who suffered a calf injury.
Dominic Cork had to fly back from Lahore because of a
back injury.He was not fit again until the start of the
Alleyne, Solanki (who did not play in a match), Ealham and
Grayson returned to England
at the end of the one-day series. Andrew Flintoff went home because of a back
injury but returned when Hussain and Vaughan were injured.
Dominic Cork flew home from Lahore
on 21 November because a back strain would keep him out of action for the
rest of the tour.
On the night of 11 December the team returned to the UK from Karachi,
landing in London
the next day.
Time away from England
September- 12 December)
of the tour
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