Australia to tour Pakistan for first time in 24 years: Pakistan Cricket

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Australia will tour Pakistan for the primary time in 24 years in March-April, the Pakistan Cricket Board mentioned on Monday, regardless of England and New Zealand lately pulling out of matches there.

Australia will play three Exams, as many one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 worldwide.

“Australia are one of many high-performing sides and them enjoying in our yard for the primary time after a niche of 24 years can be a particular deal with for the followers,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja mentioned in an announcement.

The tour can be an enormous enhance for Pakistan, which was hit arduous when New Zealand deserted its tour over a safety alert simply as the 2 groups had been attributable to kick off their first match in September.

England pulled out per week later and there had been fears Australia would do the identical.

“Cricket Australia is worked up in regards to the prospect of touring Pakistan subsequent yr for what can be a extremely anticipated sequence in a rustic so extremely passionate in regards to the recreation and their nationwide crew,” mentioned Cricket Australia chief govt Nick Hockley, in line with the PCB assertion.

“The security and welfare of our gamers and workers stays our primary precedence and we are going to proceed to work with the PCB and related companies to make sure that acceptable and adequate preparations are put in place for the tour.”

Pakistan had steadily returned to the cricket map as hosts of worldwide matches following a six-year hiatus within the wake of assaults on the Sri Lankan crew bus in Lahore in 2009.

Throughout their cricketing isolation, Pakistan had been pressured to play their dwelling matches on impartial venues, together with within the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Cricket Australia’s delegation will go to Pakistan to fulfill with PCB officers and Pakistani authorities to debate and finalise issues referring to crew operations, logistics, safety and Covid-19 protocols.

The primary Take a look at can be held in Karachi, whereas Rawalpindi will host the second and Lahore the third.

All white-ball matches can be held in Lahore.

The Exams can be performed as a part of the ICC World Take a look at Championship. The ODIs can be linked to the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup Tremendous League –- a 13-team occasion from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify straight for the occasion in 2023.

The final time Australia toured Pakistan, Mark Taylor led them to a 1-Zero sequence victory.

Pakistan staged the final 4 sequence with Australia offshore in Sri Lanka, England and the UAE.