The Aussies are touring Pakistan for the first time since 1998

The Australian men’s cricket team is set to tour Pakistan for the first time in 24 years after the two nations confirmed dates for matches across all three formats in March 2022.

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced a schedule that will see Australia spend a month in Pakistan and play three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I.

Karachi will host the first test, which starts on March 3, before the series moves to Rawalpindi. The third and final test will be held in Lahore, which will also host all three ODIs and the T20I.

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It will be Australia’s first visit to Pakistan since the 1998-99 series, which featured Mark Taylor’s epic innings of 334 not out in the second Test in Peshawar. Australia won the Test series 1-0 and the ODI series 3-0.

PCB President Ramiz Raja called the three-test series a “connoisseur pleasure.”

“I am delighted to no end that we will be involved in a three-test match series, connoisseurs rejoice,” Raja said in a statement.

Australia's cricket team coach Justin Langer with Pakistani players Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam in December 2019. Photo: William West
Australia’s cricket team coach Justin Langer with Pakistani players Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam in December 2019. Photo: William WestSource: AFP

“Australia is one of the high-performing sides and playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special experience for the fans.

“In the same way, it will be a great opportunity for Australian cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues, but also to feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this amazing country offers, something like most of their previous generation of cricketers missed. playing offshore. “

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said the organization would “continue to work closely together over the coming months to complete the necessary operations, logistics, security and COVID-19 protocols”.

“The safety and well-being of our players and staff remains our top priority and we will continue to work with PCBs and relevant agencies to ensure that appropriate and adequate arrangements are in place for the trip,” he said.

Confirmation of Australia’s tour comes after both England and New Zealand abandoned travel to Pakistan this year, citing security concerns, including a warning of a possible attack outside Rawalpindi Stadium.

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At the time, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja called on CA to be “responsible” and follow up on their plans to tour.

Security concerns have kept Pakistan’s test opponents from touring in the years following the attack on Sri Lanka’s national cricket team that took place in Lahore in 2009.

After a six-year hiatus from hosting tournament teams, Pakistan welcomed Zimbabwe in 2015.

Eight years after the Lahore attack, Sri Lanka played a match in Pakistan in October 2017 before returning for an entire series in 2019.


March 3-7: First test, Karachi

March 12-16: Second test, Rawalpindi

March 21-25: Third Test, Lahore

March 29: First ODI, Lahore

March 31: Second ODI, Lahore

April 2: Third ODI, Lahore

April 5: With T20, Lahore

– with NCA Newswire


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