Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan said the entire nation is ready to welcome Australia for their upcoming tour to Pakistan.
Australia is scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and a solitary T20I match in Pakistan in the March-April window this year.
The Australian team’s visit will end their 24 years absence from playing in Pakistan as the last the five-time World Cup winners toured the Asian nation was back in 1998.
Star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is likely to miss the Pakistan tour as he might plan to have his wedding with his fiancee Vini Raman in that same period.
Recently, left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc said he was unsure about his availability for the Pakistan tour.
However, Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins, after winning the Ashes 4-0 against England, said that things look positive at the moment but also pointed out that few individuals are likely to miss.
Australia Cricketers’ Association (ACA) CEO Todd Greenberg said that their players want to test themselves against a strong team.
I can feel ripples of excitement for Australia’s tour of Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan
Rizwan said he is excited to see Australia team visit his country after 24 years and also noted how the players of both nations share a strong connection.
“I can feel ripples of excitement for Australia’s tour of Pakistan. I have read some very positive remarks from the stakeholders in Australia about the tour to Pakistan. The entire nation of Pakistan is ready to welcome Australia for the historic tour after 24 years,” Rizwan was quoted as saying in a release published by PCB on its official website.
“Both nations share a strong connection. Australian cricketers like Usman Khawaja participates in the PSL, and our players (Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain) recently featured in the Big Bash League 2021-22. This further strengthens the bond between two countries,” he added.
These two teams make the perfect recipe for a thrilling and exciting series: Mohammad Rizwan
Rizwan acknowledged Australia’s recent Ashes campaign where they retained the urn after dominating Joe Root and his men in the five Test matches.
The Pakistan opener said his team has the quality to compete against the Australians and is very sure about having a thrilling series.
“Australia has recently won the Ashes and they are a strong side, but we have also had a tremendous year and have shined brightly across all formats. These two teams make the perfect recipe for a thrilling and exciting series,” Rizwan asserted.
Pakistan and Australia are scheduled to kick-off the first Test match on March 3 at the National Stadium in Karachi.