Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo: Twitter)

Australia Test captain Tim Paine said that there is a possibility of issues being raised for their Pakistan tour in the coming year.

On Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja announced that Australia will be touring Pakistan in the March-April period to play multi-format series.

Australia vs Pakistan
Aaron Finch and Babar Azam. Credits: Twitter

I am sure there will be issues that will pop up: Tim Paine

Paine said that there will be players who might not be comfortable travelling to Pakistan.

“There’ll be some guys who will be happy to take the experts’ advice, and others will want to know a bit more. If we’re totally honest, there might be some people who aren’t comfortable going regardless. That’s happened before with tours going to other countries going back forever,” Paine told Sen Radio.

“Again, there are issues that will, I’m sure, pop up. We’ll discuss it; people get the right answers and feel comfortable, then we’ll get hopefully the best team we can. At the end of the day, it comes down to the individual,” he added.

The security in Pakistan was unlike anything I had ever seen: Tim Paine

Paine was part of the World XI team that had toured Pakistan in 2017 for the three-match T20I series.

Paine spoke about the security he had observed during his visit to the Asian country and said that he had never seen something like that.

The security that we had on that tour was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen in my life. We had helicopters overhead, roads shut down five kilometres around us, checkpoints like every kilometre into the ground, it was extraordinary,” Paine recalled.

[Pat Cummins, Tim Paine
Tim Paine [Image Credit: Getty]
“The fact you’re seeing it and thinking to yourself it may be necessary can be a bit unnerving, but at the same time to see the planning and execution of it, with literally a couple of choppers above your bus 20-30 metres above your head was comforting but also unnerving at the same time,” he added.

Australia is scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and a solitary T20I in their 2022 Pakistan tour.

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