Cricket Australia (CA) have reportedly softened its stance on a possible tour of Pakistan after being approached by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
According to Sydney Morning Herald, CA are in discussion with PCB for a one-day tour. “We are in ongoing discussions with the PCB about the one-day tour in March next year. We recognise the PCB and the Pakistan government are taking every step to improve the security for touring cricket teams and we’ll continue discussions with the PCB, with the safety and security of Australian players and support staff being our number one priority,” a CA spokesman said.
Pakistan’s plan would be to host the opening two matches against Aaron Finch’s side, with the remaining three in the UAE.
Sri Lanka returned to Pakistan in 2017 for a one-off T20, while West Indies played a three-match T20 series in Karachi in April this year while Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998,
In an interview with London’s Daily Telegraph, Wasim Khan the newly appointed managing director of PCB said Pakistan would provide any touring nation with “military-style security”.
“I appreciate countries have a lot of security issues but, with military-style security on offer, I am keen to understand where the gaps are so we can address them
“It may well be small steps getting county teams touring and visiting the fantastic national academy. Could we get an MCC team to tour? Or could we have a small number of international matches to start with, rather than a whole series? Could teams play one or two one-day internationals on their way through to the United Arab Emirates?” he said.
“It is interesting for me to get to the bottom of those things and see what I can influence and the conversations I need to have with other countries so we can understand what we need to do to ensure they can come back to Pakistan,” Khan added.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to renew talks with Cricket Australia to play at least two one-day internationals in Karachi next year, sources informed Geo News on Monday.
A five-match ODI series is scheduled between Pakistan and Australia from March 19-31 in the United Arab Emirates.
The two teams will face each other again at the end of October, when Pakistan will play a series of two Tests and three T20Is down under.
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After initial talks to convince Australia to tour Pakistan for the series yielded no results, PCB has decided to resume the talks with Cricket Australia next month.
The board has decided to invite Australian officials to Karachi to monitor the security arrangements during the Pakistan leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fourth edition. Karachi’s National Stadium will host a total of five PSL 2019 matches, on March 7, 10, 13, 15 and the final on March 17.
Earlier, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it is making efforts to host Australia in Pakistan during the next series between the two teams.
“The schedule for the five-match series between Pakistan and Australia has not changed. The series will be held next year from March 19 to 31,” the PCB said.
A source said the board is making efforts to host a match or two of the series in Pakistan.
“We are making efforts to host one or two matches in Pakistan for which Karachi or Lahore is an option,” the source said.
According to the Future Tour Programme, Pakistan will play five one-day internationals against Australia in March 2019. The two teams will face each other again at the end of October, when Pakistan will play a series of two Tests and three T20Is down under.