The England women’s cricket team will tour Pakistan for the first time in October, joining the men’s side in an unprecedented joint trip, the board announced on Thursday.

Eoin Morgan’s white-ball team had already committed to a two-match Twenty20 series in Karachi on October 14 and 15, with those dates now turned into double-headers involving Heather Knight’s side.

England, world champions in the 50-over format, will then stay in Karachi to compete in three one-day internationals, on October 18, 20 and 22.

“We are absolutely delighted to be making this historic announcement today,” said Clare Connor, managing director of women’s cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“The England women’s cricket team has never toured Pakistan before so this is another important step in our history and journey.

“I was in Pakistan last year and I know the impact that a women’s tour such as this can have and how memorable an experience it will be for our players and staff,” she added.

Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said the matches would be a good test for the hosts ahead of the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand.

“World champions England accompanying their men’s side for their first-ever tour to Karachi is an extremely powerful and strong announcement for Pakistan, our women’s cricketers,” he said.

“Women’s T20Is taking place before the men’s matches at the iconic National Stadium will mean more eyeballs will follow these matches than ever before.”

No England team have played international cricket in the country since 2005.

Pakistan spent a decade in international sporting isolation after gunmen targeted the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, killing eight people and wounding several players and officials.

With AFP Inputs