Cricket Australia hopeful, but won’t rush into Pakistan 2022 tour

first_imgCricket Australia hopeful, but won’t rush into Pakistan 2022 tourAustralia is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20I games in Pakistan from late February 2022.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service SydneySeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 10:59 IST Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 because of security concerns. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has said that they are hopeful of touring Pakistan in 2022Australia is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20I games in Pakistan from late February 2022Roberts returned from Pakistan after the first trip by a high-level Australian cricket delegationCricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has said that they are hopeful of touring Pakistan in 2022, adding that they won’t rush into a decision.Australia is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20I games in Pakistan from late February 2022.Roberts returned from Pakistan on Thursday after the first trip by a high-level Australian cricket delegation in more than a decade.”The purpose was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we’re due to tour,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Roberts as telling to SEN.”So that we’re not dealing with that in a pressure-cooker environment a couple of months before the tour.”Things are heading in the right direction, but in saying that we were traveling in armoured cars and escorted by police and felt very safe over there. But certainly, that level of security is still required at this point,” he added.Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 because of security concerns.Asked if he could see Australia touring Pakistan during his tenure, the Chief Executive said: “I hope so. I really hope we do for the sake of world cricket and Australia’s important relationship with Pakistan.”As I said to Pakistan, we share their desire for international cricket to return to their country.”(But) we will never jeopardize the safety of our people and we will keep taking advice from experts on the way,” he added.advertisementInternational cricket was put on hold in Pakistan after a touring Sri Lankan team in March 2009 was attacked by gunmen on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium. In 2015, Zimbabwe, however, toured Pakistan for a limited-overs series.And currently, Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan with the first 50-over game on September 27.Also Read | It’s been an amazing journey so far: Hardik Pandya shares major throwback picAlso Read | Sri Lanka team to tour Pakistan as plannedAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Australia vs Pakistanlast_img

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