England’s cricket team arrived in Pakistan early Sunday to play three Tests for the first time in the country since 2005.
England played a successful Twenty20 series two months ago in Pakistan but has declined to play a Test match there for 17 years because of the precarious security situation.
They were due to visit Pakistan last year but pulled out after New Zealand abandoned their tour minutes before the first one-day international, citing security alerts.
England’s Test skipper Ben Stokes quashed all fears following positive security advice.
The three-match series — part of the World Test championship — starts in Rawalpindi from December 1 with the second Test in Multan (December 9-13) and the third in Karachi (December 17-21).