Cricket Australia confirms Pakistan tour; PCB announces revised schedule

Cricket Australia confirms Pakistan tour; PCB announces revised schedule
Cricket Australia confirms Pakistan tour; PCB announces revised schedule

The Australian team’s tour to Pakistan – the first in 24 years – has been formally sanctioned by Cricket Australia’s Board in a meeting on Friday, which is a huge development for Pakistani cricket fans.

The previous time Australia visited Pakistan was in 1998, when Mark Taylor’s team won the three-Test series 1-0.

Due to the change in the first Test site, the second Test will be held in Karachi from March 12 to 16 and the third in Lahore from March 21 to 25.

PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain expressed his delight at the confirmation of the much-anticipated tour, saying:


“We are delighted that Cricket Australia’s Board has cleared their side’s five-week tour plan and confirmed that their top available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years.” “We are very excited to welcome Pat Cummins and his team to Australia, and we are looking forward to a competitive series that will include three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and a Twenty20 International,” he said.

While Australia is coming off a good performance in their home series against England, the PCB CEO stated that the national team has been playing excellent cricket, which has resulted in Pakistani players sweeping the ICC Awards.

This sets the stage for a hotly contested series that fans will enjoy and remember for a long time, he said.

Revised schedule

The timeline has been changed to accommodate logistical and operational issues, as well as to avoid Pakistan Day rehearsals, which typically begin in Islamabad in the second week of March.


The two cricket boards have also agreed that Australia’s Test team will finish their training in Australia before flying to Islamabad on a chartered jet on February 27. They will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium after one-day room isolation.

Following isolation in Australia, Australia’s white-ball players are set to arrive in Lahore on March 24. After one day of isolation upon arrival, they will integrate with the rest of the team and proceed to Islamabad for the first ODI on March 29 in Rawalpindi. The Tests will be part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, from which the top eight teams, including hosts India, will qualify directly for the 2023 50-over World Cup.

‘Historic ocassion’

The CA said today that the board of directors has formally approved the men’s team’s trip to Pakistan, ending a 24-year hiatus.

“I’d want to express my gratitude to the PCB, as well as the Pakistani and Australian governments, for guaranteeing that the tour will take place for the first time in 24 years.” “Nick Hockley, the company’s CEO, stated.

“This is a momentous occasion that is critical to the game’s global growth and health.

“I’d also like to express my gratitude to the Australian Cricketers’ Association, as well as the players, coaches, support teams, personnel, and security specialists, for their contributions to the tour’s planning.”


“We’re anticipating a thrilling series between two world-class squads.”

Revised schedule:

27 Feb – Arrival in Islamabad

4-8 Mar – 1st Test, Rawalpindi

12-16 Mar – 2nd Test, Karachi

21-25 Mar – 3rd Test, Lahore

29 Mar – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi

31 Mar – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi

2 April – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi

5 Apr – one-off T20I, Rawalpindi

6 Apr – Departure

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