The Australian cricket team will tour Pakistan in March-April next year. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that it will play three Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 match as part of the tour. The Aussies last toured Pakistan in 1998. Since then, Australia has canceled several trips to Pakistan for various reasons. The Aussies, scheduled to tour Pakistan in 2002, have canceled their trip following a suicide bombing in Karachi. Australia has once again canceled its tour of Pakistan in the wake of violent incidents ahead of the 2008 general election. Coming to Pakistan now after 24 years.
The top countries were not interested in playing tournaments in Pakistan due to security concerns. Following the terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, no team dared to tour Pakistan. After a while the conditions there changed and Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, South Africa .. toured in Pakistan. Since then, the Pakistan Super League has been held without any problems and teams like England and New Zealand have come forward to play in Pakistan. The Kiwis shocked the PCB by withdrawing from the tour. England later canceled their tour of Pakistan.
“We are thrilled with the three-Test series,” said Rameez Raja, PCB chairman. “Australia are one of the best performing teams and it will be a special treat for the fans to play for the first time in our country after a gap of 24 years. Also, he said it was a great opportunity for Australian cricketers.
Pakistan, Australia Test series schedule
- The first Test starts on March 3 in Karachi.
- The second Test is scheduled for March 12.
- The third Test will be played in Lahore from March 21.
Pakistan, Australia three ODI series schedule
- The first ODI is on March 29
- The second ODI is on March 31.
- The third ODI will be played on April 2.
The only Twenty20 International match will be played on April 5 in Lahore.
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