Pakistan’s 24-year tour drought in Australia will come to an end next month with Cricket Australia’s board officially approving the men’s team visit.
In an all-day board meeting that saw them fail to reach a decision on the future of coach Justin Langer, dates were approved for the tour in three formats.
Venues have been swapped with Rawalpindi to host the opener on March 3, along with the three ODIs and the single T20I, while Karachi hosts the second Test on March 12 and Lahore hosts the third on March 21.
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It will be Australia’s first visit to Pakistan since 1998-99, when Mark Taylor took 334 steps in Peshawar as the visitors won the Test series 1-0 and the ODI series 3-0.
“I would like to thank the PCB and the governments of Pakistan and Australia for ensuring the tour will continue for the first time in 24 years,” said CA chief executive Nick Hockley.
“This is a historic and significant opportunity for the global growth and health of the game.
“I would also like to thank the Australian Cricketers Association and the players, coaches, support teams, staff and safety experts for their collaboration in planning the tour.
“We look forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams.”
Previous tours of Pakistan by visiting countries have been canceled due to terrorism fears.
“Confidence is pretty high from the players, but there would definitely be some concerns from the players and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them didn’t make the rounds,” Josh Hazlewood told Cricket. com.at the earliest. this week.
“And that’s very fair. People will discuss it with their families…and find an answer and everyone will respect that.
Fox Cricket will broadcast the full tour with Tests and ODIs which are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. AEDT each day.
AUSTRALIAN PAKISTAN TOUR DATES
March 4-8: 1st try, Rawalpindi
March 12-16: 2nd try, Karachi
March 21-25: 3rd try, Lahore
March 29: 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
March, 31st: 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
April 2: 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
April 5: 1st and only T20I, Rawalpindi