Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed Australia’s tour of Pakistan, bringing an end to a 24-year long gap since the last time the men’s team of the two nations locked horns in a bilateral series on the Pakistani turf in 1998. Moreover, it will also be the Australian men’s team’s first Test tour since the 2019 Ashes series.
The Test series forms part of the second cycle of the World Tets Championship. The Australian team is also due to travel to Sri Lanka for their away series in the middle of this year and then to India in early 2023.
The tour, which has been on the cards since November 21, was confirmed following a meeting of CA’s directors on Friday and a revised schedule for the multi-format series comprising a one-off T20I game, three Tests, and as many ODIs.
The tour comes through after “a thorough security assessment, including a reconnaissance trip to Pakistan also involving the Australian Cricketers’ Association, was completed by Australian officials”, as stated by cricket.com.au.
“I would like to thank the PCB and both Pakistan and Australian Governments for ensuring the tour will proceed for the first time in 24 years,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said. “This is a historic occasion and important 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 security experts for their collaboration in the planning for the tour. We are looking forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams.”
Australia’s Test team captain Pat Cummins confirmed on Thursday that although some players may not be able to make it to the tour, most players are comfortable with it going ahead.
“I think we’ll get close to a full-strength squad,” Cummins said. “There is still a little bit of work to do. We have received a lot of information and it has been great. All the pre-tour security and biosecurity work has been done and it’s been fantastic.”
Earlier, Josh Hazelwood had reckoned that he expects players to voice their worries about the team’s upcoming trip to Pakistan and says he won’t be shocked if a few players withdraw, which Cummins implied that the management understands and accepts it.
Australia is expected to announce the squad for the Pakistan tour by next week. Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to start on the next week of March, meaning that some of the IPL-bound players involved in the bilateral series might miss out on a few games of the T20 tournament.
Australia’s Tour of Pakistan Schedule
|1st Test||March 04-08||Rawalpindi|
|2nd Test||March 12-16||Karachi|
|3rd Test||March 21-25||Lahore|
|1st ODI||March 29||Rawalpindi|
|2nd ODI||March 31||Rawalpindi|
|3rd ODI||April 2||Rawalpindi|
|One-off T20I||April 5||Rawalpindi|