Australia looking forward to playing in Pakistan for the first time in 24 years



Australia looking forward to playing in Pakistan for the first time in 24 years

Australia looking forward to playing in Pakistan for the first time in 24 years

November 10, 2021  Authorbet365baji

In March 2022, Australia's men's cricket team will visit Pakistan for the very first time since 1998, for a series of three Test matches, three one-day internationals, and one T20 international match.

The Tests will be held in Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore, with all white-ball games also taking place in Lahore, as part of the ICC World Test Championship. On Thursday, the two teams face the T20 World Cup semi-final in Dubai.

Ramiz Raja, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman said he is looking forward to hosting Australia in Pakistan. The chairman commented that from a personal standpoint, the fact that they'll be playing a three-Test match series is a “connoisseur's delight”. He added that the return of Australia to their neighbourhood after a 24-year absence will be a nice gift for the supporters. Moreover, he commented that it will be a fantastic opportunity for Australian cricketers to not only compete at iconic grounds in Pakistan, but also to experience and appreciate the admiration, affection, and generosity that this wonderful country provides.

New Zealand and England both cancelled scheduled visits to Pakistan in September, prompting the announcement. The Black Caps arrived in the country, but their tour was cut short due to a particular and serious security threat.

The subsequent decision by England and Wales Cricket Board to withdraw their men's and women's teams from tours infuriated and dismayed Pakistanis. Ramiz criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board for creating "excuses," saying he felt "slighted and humiliated" by the announcement and had little hope that the tour would be rescheduled for 2022.

The Cricket Australia chief executive - Nick Hockley said the team is looking forward to touring Pakistan next year for an eagerly anticipated series in a country where cricket and their national team are extremely popular. Hockley added as proven by their spectacular performances in the current T20 World Cup, Pakistan is a challenging opponent with an extraordinarily skilled team. He also appreciates the Pakistan Cricket Board's efforts in preparing the visit and look forward to working closely with them in the coming months to finalise the appropriate operations, logistics, security, and Covid-19 guidelines.

Hockley explained further that their players and staff's safety and well-being remain their top priorities and they will continue to cooperate with the PCB and other relevant organisations to ensure that adequate and proper arrangements for the visit are implemented.