The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday that Australia will tour the country in March-April 2022, playing three Tests, three ODIs, and a T20I.
The PCB took to Twitter to share the exciting news that Australia will be touring Pakistan for the first time since 1998.
The Kangaroos will play three Tests in Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore from March 3 to 7, 12 to 16, and 21 to 25.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will host a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series from March 28 to April 2. 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 event from which the top seven teams and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.
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In addition, the tour’s only 20-over game will be played in Lahore on April 5. Ramiz Raja, Chairman of the PCB, is excited about the upcoming tour and pleased that the multiple-time champions will play three Tests in the country. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Australia to Pakistan,” he said. “From a personal standpoint, I’m overjoyed that we’ll be playing a three-Test match series, connoisseurs deli.”
“Australia is a high-performing team, and having them play in our backyard for the first time in 24 years will be a special treat for the fans.”
He also stated that it will be an excellent opportunity for Australian cricketers to experience Pakistan’s hospitality.
“Similarly, it will be a great opportunity for Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues, but also to feel and enjoy the respect, love, and hospitality that this great country offers, something that most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out on by playing overseas,” he said.
Cricket Australia (CA), on the other hand, is ecstatic about the prospect of touring the Asian giants after such a long time.
“Cricket Australia is excited about the prospect of touring Pakistan next year for a highly anticipated series in a country so incredibly passionate about the game and their national team,” CA Chief Executive Nick Hockley said.
Hockley couldn’t help but praise Pakistan’s cricket team, particularly their performance in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.
He thanked Pakistan’s cricket governing body for putting in place foolproof safety and Covid-19-related protocols in the coming months.
“The safety and welfare of our players and staff remain our top priority, and we will continue to work with the PCB and relevant agencies to ensure that adequate and sufficient arrangements are in place for the tour,” he added.
Cricket Australia’s delegation will visit Pakistan as part of the reconnoitering process to meet with PCB officials as well as provincial and federal authorities to discuss and finalize matters relating to team operations, logistics, security, and Covid-19 protocols.
3-7 Mar – 1st Test, Karachi
12-16 Mar – 2nd Test, Rawalpindi
21-25 Mar – 3rd Test, Lahore
29 Mar – 1st ODI, Lahore
31 Mar – 2nd ODI, Lahore
2 Apr – 3rd ODI, Lahore
5 Apr – only T20I, Lahore
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