australia: After 24 years, Australia’s cricket team is back in Pakistan

Australia reached their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years on Sunday, having played three Test matches, three One Day Internationals and one Twenty20 during their six-week tour.

Australia last toured Pakistan in 1998 when they won the Test series 1–0 after winning all matches in the limited overs series. Pakistan has struggled to attract visiting sides since a deadly terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, and Australia pulled out of the tour five years ago after a suicide bombing at a Lahore church.

Pakistan has hosted Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and South Africa in the past six years, but Australia is the first high-profile team to tour Pakistan for an entirely bilateral series.

Last year both New Zealand and England withdrew from the limited-overs tour of Pakistan due to security concerns. New Zealand abandoned their tour hours before the toss for the first ODI in Rawalpindi, which is due to host the first Test against Australia from March 4.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has marked 2022 as a “bumper year” with New Zealand and England due to tour Pakistan later this year.

Karachi will host Australia’s second Test from March 12-16 followed by the third Test in Lahore from March 21-25. Rawalpindi will host the ODI series from March 29, before Australia begin their tour round with Twenty20 on April 5.

Security teams from Australia visited Pakistan last year to assess security arrangements in three cities before the tour was cleared by Cricket Australia.

Thousands of security personnel are expected to be deployed during the Australians’ stay and the Pakistan Cricket Board is expected to ramp up fully immunization capacity for testing and limited-overs series.

“You’re really lucky to be surrounded by so many professionals, that was one of the big factors that we really paid close attention to,” Cummins said in a virtual press conference just hours after arriving in Pakistan. wanted.”

“There’s a lot of stuff going on. It (security) might be a little different from what we’re used to, but we know it’s taken care of, so we’re really looking forward to our first tour here in 24 years.” You can enjoy it. And yes, there is no distraction other than cricket.”

Steve Smith and Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja also shared their pictures on Twitter as the team boarded a chartered flight from Melbourne.

Australia’s players remain in one-day isolation at their team hotel before resuming training on Monday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, the venue for the first Test.

Capacity crowds are expected to witness the historic series being part of the World Test Championship. Australia is second in the WTC table after Sri Lanka while Pakistan is at number three.

Cummins expects enthusiastic crowds all over the place.

“Whenever we come to play in the subcontinent, the fans are so different from Australia that they speak out loud, they get really emotional, and I’m sure Pakistan will be no different,” Cummins said.

“It’s the first Test match between the two countries here in 20 years, so it’s a special moment. We feel privileged as players,” he said.

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