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PCB invites Australia to play two ODIs in Pakistan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has contacted Cricket Australia (CA) to play two ODIs in Karachi during their scheduled five-match series in March next year.

Pakistan and Australia are scheduled to play five-match ODI series during March 19 to 31 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and according to Daily Express, the PCB officials have proposed CA to play first two ODIs of the series in Karachi, while the rest of the series will be played as per the schedule.

For now, CA hasn’t rejected the proposal and they will send a team to Pakistan to inspect the security measures in the hosting city, confirmed a source inside the board.

In the last one year, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and World XI have already toured Pakistan, whereas the country also successfully hosted final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season two and three along with playoff matches as well.

The report further stated that the PCB are now looking to take next step in completely reviving cricket in the country by inviting top cricket-playing nations including Australia and South Africa.

With improving law and order situation in the country, the PCB has already announced that Karachi and Lahore will host eight matches including the final of PSL4 next year.

Earlier, Australia’s openers survived a torrid 13 over spell to finish on 30 without loss after Haris Sohail’s maiden century guided Pakistan to 482 on the second day of the first Test in Dubai on Monday.

Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 17 and debutant Aaron Finch was 13 not out as Australia negotiated some tight spin bowling from Pakistan on a pitch which has started to show signs of turn.

Pakistan unleashed four overs from leg-spinner Yasir Shah and a combined three from off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Bilal Asif, but both Australian openers looked assured.

Australia trail Pakistan by 452 runs with all ten wickets intact, but they face a big battle ahead of them with Yasir expected to pose the main threat.

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