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Full-fledged Australia tour of Pakistan schedule

Full-fledged Australia tour of Pakistan schedule

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) today announced the schedule for the Australia tour of Pakistan for three Tests, as many ODIs, and one-off T20Is.

The first Test match will be played in Rawalpindi whereas, the second and the final test will be played at Karachi and Lahore respectively. The tour will get back to Rawalpindi for ODIs and T20I.

The three Tests will take place from 4th to 16th March whereas, the limited-over matches will kick-start from 29th March and end on 5th April.

CA has confirmed that their best available players will tour Pakistan. It must be noted that Pak vs Aus is going to happen in Pakistan backyards after 24 years.

PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain stated,

“We are pleased that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved their side’s five-week tour itinerary and confirmed that their best available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years. We are really excited to host Pat Cummins and his players and look forward to a competitive series that will comprise three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I.

“While Australia will arrive at the back of strong performances in their home series against England, our team has been playing excellent cricket resulting in our players sweeping the ICC Awards. This braces for a keenly contested series, something that the fans will thoroughly enjoy and remember for a long time.”

The schedule has been revised to ease logistical and operational challenges as well as to avoid Pakistan Day rehearsals, which usually commence in Islamabad in the second week of March.

The two cricket boards have also agreed that the Australia Test side will complete their isolation in Australia, before arriving in Islamabad on 27 February on a chartered flight. After one-day room isolation, they will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Australia’s white-ball players are expected to arrive in Lahore on 24 March following isolation in Australia. After one-day of isolation upon arrival, they will integrate with other members of the side and travel to Islamabad for the first ODI in Rawalpindi on 29 March.

The Tests will be part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs are linked to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League from which the top eight sides, including hosts India, will qualify directly for the 2023 50-over World Cup.

The revised schedule for Australia tour of Pakistan:

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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