Karachi: Kangaroos will not use Corona as an excuse for Pakistan tour, Australia remains steadfast in its promise to enrich Pakistani grounds.
The Australian cricket team is scheduled to tour Pakistan in 2022 for 3 Tests, the same number of ODIs and one T20 match. The month-long tour will start on March 3 and end on April 5. This will be Pakistan’s first Test tour in a year. Due to security issues, the Kangaroos have been playing matches with the Pakistan team since 1998 only in their home country, the United Arab Emirates and England.
After the law and order situation in Pakistan improved, the tours of foreign teams started coming regularly while the confidence of foreign teams was restored with the gradual return of Pakistan Super League. This year, New Zealand and England also visited Pakistan after a long time. The Kiwis had arrived here in good health, but on the pretext of unconfirmed security concerns, they announced to end the tour at a time when the first one-day bus was about to start in Rawalpindi.
The Kiwis’ move had a direct impact on England’s short T20 tour, which apologized for sending their team on the pretext of bubble fatigue, but recently the West Indies team visited Pakistan, although it was caused by the corona virus. But with the return of international cricket in the country, the teams of New Zealand and England have also confirmed the tour of Pakistan in the near future.
The entire program of the Australian team’s tour has already been released by the Pakistan Cricket Board, according to which the first Test will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi from March 3, the second in Rawalpindi from March 12 and the third in Lahore from March 21. 20 will also be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore from March 29 to April 5.
The recent release of the new coronavirus, Omi Kroon, has created fear in the world, but Cricket Australia has assured that the tour will not be canceled or postponed under the pretext of coronavirus.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Boxing Day Test against England in Melbourne, Nick Hockley, Chief Executive of the Australian Board, said: In this regard, we are working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board and all relevant authorities to ensure a safe tour. This is a very complex endeavor. We are determined to send our team.
“This will be our team’s first visit to Pakistan in a long time, so we are looking at reports about the situation there. We will definitely send our team for this tour,” he added.
It should be noted that the Australian team will also visit India and Sri Lanka next year. Since playing the Ashes series in England in 2019, Australia has not played a single Test series outside the country yet. The competition was postponed due to corona virus.