Pakistan, England build for T20 World Cup in long-awaited series
Moeen Ali to captain England in place of injured Buttler: First T20 International will be played on Tuesday in Karachi
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International cricket has gradually returned to Pakistan following years where they were forced to play home matches in neutral venues after a deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009.
England had been originally scheduled to arrive in October last year but cancelled at short notice after New Zealand pulled out of a tour citing safety concerns.
The tourists are looking to bounce back from recent Twenty20 series defeats to the West Indies (3-2), South Africa and India (both 2-1).
Pakistan are looking to recover after losing the T20 Asia Cup final to Sri Lanka in the UAE last week.
- 'Tough challenge' -
Moeen Ali will lead the side in his absence.
The return of explosive opener Alex Hales from three years in the wilderness after testing positive for a recreational drug will bolster England batting, according to Pakistan's top order batsman Shan Masood.
"England will pose a very good challenge for us and it's probably the ideal preparation to play one of the best sides before the World Cup."
The first four matches are in Karachi on September 20, 22, 23 and 25 with the final three in Lahore on September 28, 30 and October 2.
A head-of-state style security cordon is being thrown around the England entourage, similar to that successfully employed for the Australia tour.
Officials said 4,000 police and paramilitary personnel will be on duty to guard the teams and stadium on match days.
Spectators will have to park at least a mile from the venue and be brought to the stadium in special secure shuttles after undergoing thorough bag and body searches.
Squads for seven-match Twenty20 international series in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2:
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Aamer Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir
England: Jos Buttler (capt), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Alex Hales, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood, Mark Wood