After a gap of 24 years, the Australian men’s cricket team will be touring Pakistan in March 2022, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Monday.
As part of the tour, Australia will play three Tests, three one day internationals and a T20 international. The matches will take place in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore between March 3rd and 25th.
“The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League,” the PCB said in its statement. Australia would be touring Pakistan for the first time since 1998.
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja expressed his delight at the development and said that the Australian team would get to “feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore”.
Cricket Australia also expressed its excitement about the tour, with Chief Executive Nick Hockley expressed how his side is looking forward to the series.
“Pakistan is a formidable opposition with an exceptionally talented team, as evidenced by their dynamic performances in the current ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE,” he said.
The news comes as Pakistan are set to take on Australia in the second semifinal on Thursday.
Earlier, the PCB confirmed that the West Indies men’s team will be playing an ODI and T20I series in Karachi in September, while the West Indies Women’s team is already in Karachi taking on the Pakistan Women’s side in the first of three ODIs on Monday.