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Australia confirms Pakistan tour after 24 years

Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed their first visit to Pakistan in 24 years after getting approval from the governments of both nations and the players’ association.

The news: Between March 4 and April 5, Australia will play three tests, an equal number of one-day internationals, and one T20 match in Pakistan, for the first time since 1998.

What they’re saying: “I’d want to express my gratitude to the PCB, as well as the Pakistani and Australian governments, for ensuring that the tour will take place for the first time in 24 years,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.

  • “This is a historic occasion and important for the global growth and health of the game. We are looking forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams.”
  • Top teams have largely shunned Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.
  • “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,” Hockley’s Pakistani counterpart Faisal Hasnain said.
  • “This is shaping up to be a hotly contested series that the fans will fully enjoy and remember for a long time,” Hasnain said, referring to the teams’ previous success.

The tour kicks off on March 4 with the first test in Rawalpindi, which also hosts the entire white-ball leg of the series, which concludes on April 5 with a one-off T20 match.

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