News International – PCB remains hopeful Australia will tour Pakistan

KARACHI: The chances of Pakistan hosting Australia on home soil later this season seem bleak but the PCB is still hoping that it will somehow convince the Australians to visit the country for a few matches in March-April.

Summary

  • PCB remains hopeful Australia will tour Pakistan KARACHI: The chances of Pakistan hosting Australia on home soil later this season seem bleak but the PCB is still hoping that it will somehow convince the Australians to visit the country for a few matches in March-April.
  • The PCB maintains the matter isn’t yet closed, waiting to hear back from CA about a proposal to send a reconnaissance team to Pakistan before making a definitive call not to tour.
  • PCB chairman Ehsan Mani spoke to then-incoming CA chief executive Kevin Roberts during the Aussies’ Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October, with Mani publicly calling for Australia, England and New Zealand to follow the lead of the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe who have ventured back to Pakistan since 2017.
  • “At this stage, from an Australia team perspective, we are not contemplating moving our current bilateral-tour arrangements from taking on Pakistan in the UAE, when they host the next series but we do remain open to the idea of playing in the country again.
  • “The PCB Chairman wrote a letter to the CA Chairman, Mr Earl Eddings, on 7 January in which he had suggested that the CA, as part of a standard protocol and process for bilateral series, should send their recce team to Pakistan to receive presentations on Pakistan’s security arrangements,” the PCB said.


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