According to people familiar with the situation, the itinerary for a highly anticipated series between Pakistan and Australia is likely to be revised since Cricket Australia has suggested starting the games in Rawalpindi rather than Karachi.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the first Test match between the two teams will take place in Karachi on March 3 and the second Test will take place in Rawalpindi on March 12-16.
Tim Paine’s Australian team will play three Test matches, an equal number of ODIs, and one T20 match against the Men in Green.
Australia will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years.
“Talks between PCB and Cricket Australia authorities are underway to settle the timetable,” sources stated on Wednesday.
The teams will play a third Test match in Lahore on March 21-25, according to the schedule.
The Tests will be part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, a 13-team competition from which the top seven teams, as well as the hosts, India, would qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup.
The PCB announced that the four white-ball matches of the series will be held in Lahore from March 29 to April 5.
The last time an Australian team played in Pakistan was in 1998 when Mark Taylor led them to a 1-0 series win – their first since Richie Benaud’s team beat Fazal Mahmood’s team 2-0 in 1959-60 series.
Pakistan hosted Australia in 1964-65 (drawn 0-0), 1979-80 (won 1-0), 1982-83 (won 3-0), 1988-89 (won 1-0), and 1994-95 (won 1-0) between the two series (won 1-0).
Pakistan has hosted the last four series against Australia in the UAE: 2002-2003 (Colombo and Sharjah, Pakistan lost 3-0), 2010 (drew 1-1 in England), 2014-15 (won 2-0 in the UAE), and 2018-19 (won 2-0 in the UAE) (won 1-0 in the UAE).
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