Cricket Australia approves first tour of Pakistan in 24 years

Karachi: Cricket Australia on Friday approved its first tour of Pakistan in 24 years with a revised itinerary being announced by both the boards amid lingering security concerns.

Coming off a 4-0 Ashes victory against England at home, Australia will play three Tests — in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore.

They will also play three one day internationals and a T20I during the full tour.

The opening Test match will be played from March 4-8 in Rawalpindi and the four white-ball matches are scheduled to be played from March 29 to April 5.
The tour will now start and end in Rawalpindi with the opening Test to be played from 4-8 March and the four white-ball matches to be played from 29 March to 5 April.

The second Test will be played in Karachi from March 12-16 and the third in Lahore from March 12-16.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Faisal Hasnain said: “We are pleased that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved.

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