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.
The first Test is scheduled to start on March 3 at the National Stadium in Karachi followed by the second Test at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium between March 12-16.
The final Test series will be staged in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium between March 21-25. However, a report from the Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald suggested that PCB was negotiating with Cricket Australia to play all three matches at one particular venue.
The matches will be played in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a clarification about the Australian daily’s report and they will stick to the matches as per the schedule.
“It is impossible to organise 19 days of international cricket at one ground.
The matches will be played in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore and the PCB is making necessary arrangements to ensure a safe and secure environment for the series,” PCB said in a statement.
We’ll announce the squad after Cricket Australia approves the Pakistan tour
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.
Left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc said he was unsure about his availability for the Pakistan tour.
National selector George Bailey said today he believed security plans were “very, very robust and very, very thorough” after multiple briefings for what would be the first Australian tour of the country since Mark Taylor’s men visited in 1998.
“I believe the boards are still working through some of the minor details around that tour, so once that gets the formal tick of approval then we’ll announce the squad post that, but we’re reasonably well down the track,” Bailey told reporters on Tuesday.
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan said the entire nation is ready to welcome Australia for their upcoming tour to Pakistan.