Australia Refuse to Play ODIs in Pakistan

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  • No overseas senior men’s cricket team from Australia has played in Pakistan since 1998 over security fears.
  • International cricket in Pakistan was suspended since attacks on the visiting Sri Lankan team bus in 2009
  • A West Indies women’s team played three Twenty20 internationals in Karachi from January 31-February 3 2019.

Pakistan cricket authorities have reluctantly scheduled all five one-day internationals against Australia in the UAE. Cricket Australia (CA) acting on their government’s advise not to tour Pakistan where no Australian senior team has played since 1998 over security fears.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had invited Australia to play two of the five one-day internationals in Pakistan to further their attempts to revive international cricket in Pakistan. Though Pakistan has been able to host finals of Pakistan Super League for the last two years and has played matches against a World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

PCB director Zakir Khan showed disappointment over Australia’s refusal to tour.

“The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral international series,” said Khan.

“But we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia playing in our country.”

The five-match series will kick off both team’s preparation for the 2019 World Cup to be held in England from May 30-July 14.

Sharjah will host the first two matches on March 22 and 24 followed by matches in Abu Dhabi (March 27) and Dubai (March 29 and 31).

Itinerary:

22 March – 1st ODI, Sharjah (day/night)

24 March – 2nd ODI, Sharjah (day/night)

27 March – 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi (day/night)

29 March – 4th ODI, Dubai (day/night)

31 March – 5th ODI, Dubai (day/night)

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