Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Australia Cricket Team will tour Pakistan after 24 years

Australia Cricket Team will tour Pakistan after 24 years

Australia Cricket has confirmed that its men's team will travel to Pakistan for the first time in 24 years and play the hosts in three Tests, three ODIs, and a solitary T20I on their tour starting March 4.

The revised itinerary will see Rawalpindi host the tour-opening first Test, swapping with Karachi, which will host the second Test from March 12. The schedule was revised to ease logistical and operational challenges and avoid Pakistan Day rehearsal, which usually starts in Islamabad in the second week of March.

The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will be the venue for the final Test. The teams will then return to Rawalpindi, where each of the four white-ball games will be played between March 29 and April 5. The three Tests will count towards the ICC Test Championship standings, while the ODIs will be part of the World Cup Super League.

As per a pact between the two boards, Australia's Test side will complete their isolation in Australia before arriving in Islamabad on February 27 on a chartered flight. After one-day room isolation, they will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium. The white-ball players are expected to arrive in Lahore on March 24.

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The formal go-ahead from Cricket Australia marks a significant milestone towards marquee teams returning to play in Pakistan, even if some touring players continue to harbor concerns. New Zealand and England canceled tours to Pakistan late last year, citing fears over security. The ECB has since agreed to tour Pakistan in late 2022 for seven T20 and three Tests, either side of the T20 Cup.

"We are pleased that the Australia Cricket Board has formally approved their side's five-week tour and confirmed that their best available players are to visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years," PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said. "We are excited to host Cummins and his players and look forward to a great series that will comprise three ODIs, three Tests, and a T20I.

"While Australian Team will arrive at the back of great performances in their home test series against England, our team has been playing excellent cricket resulting in our players sweeping the ICC Awards. This braces for a keenly contested series, something that the fans will thoroughly enjoy and remember for a long time."

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