Australia will be playing against Pakistan from March 3 and look prepared for the critical series.
Australia will be flying to Pakistan with a full member squad as none of the players has expressed their disinterest or concerns regarding travelling to Pakistan. The nation by far does not offer any top-flight international cricket for a decade due to security concerns.
Pakistan’s soil has not been footed by any International team, since the 1996 ICC World Cup which was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Sri Lanka travelled in 2009 for a tour which as a result fell victim to a terrorist attack when the team was in the team bus. This attack made Test cricket between Pakistan and Sri Lanka out of bounds till 2019.
2021 might have witnessed New Zealand and England team’s tour in Pakistan. Before the ICC T20 World Cup, New Zealand, as well as team England, cancelled their tours of Pakistan because of security reasons. Australia on the other side have not made any plans to cancel the tour as of now and will be taking their best squad as coach Langer suggests series against Pakistan will be crucial.
Pakistan will be witnessing an ICC event after 24 years on their soil as the national selector – George Bailey ensures the security plans to be “robust” and “thorough”.
According to Cricket Australia, the management is awaiting the formal approval in minor details to get signed off and “ticked”, thereafter team Australia might be announcing their squad who will be playing against Australia.
Mark Taylor in 1998 was the captain of Team Australia when the Aussies toured Pakistan for the last time.