Sunday, March 26, 2023

Australia cricket team confirm tour to Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia today confirmed the revised schedule for Australia’s men’s cricket team’s three-test, three-ODI, and one T20I tour of Pakistan in 2022.

The tour will now begin and end in Rawalpindi, with the first Test match scheduled for  4-8 March and the four white-ball matches scheduled for March 29 to April 5.

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.

“We are excited that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved their side’s five-week tour plan and confirmed that their top available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years,” said PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain. “We are really delighted to host Pat Cummins and his team, and we are looking forward to a challenging series that will include three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and a Twenty20 International.” While Australia is coming off a strong performance against England in their home series, our squad has been playing excellent cricket, with our players sweeping the ICC Awards. This sets the stage for a fiercely contested series that fans will savor and remember for a long time.”

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.

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Following their isolation in Australia, Australia’s white-ball players are expected to arrive in Lahore on March 24. Following a one-day isolation period upon arrival, they will integrate with the rest of the team and proceed to Islamabad for the inaugural One-Day International 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.

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