Australia are set to tour Pakistan with a full squad as no player has so far expressed reservations about a trip to the country which has been unable to host top international cricket. level for nearly a decade due to security concerns.
The last time Pakistan hosted an ICC event on home soil was when they co-hosted the 1996 World Cup with India and Sri Lanka. The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 ensured that Test cricket remained banned until 2019. Last year, before the T20 World Cup, New Zealand and the England had withdrawn from the Pakistan tour for security reasons, with the Kiwis withdrawing at the eleventh hour. However, Australia appeared to be on track to embark on their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years, with national coach George Bailey calling the security plans “very, very robust and very, very thorough”.
“I think the boards are still working out some of the minor details for this tour, so once that’s been officially approved we’ll announce the team’s message, but we’re reasonably well advanced. ” Bailey told reporters on Tuesday according to the Cricket Australia website.
The last time Australia visited the Asian nation was in 1998, under Mark Taylor. All is positive regarding the Pakistan tour but there is uncertainty over Sheffield Shield’s resumption of the season, although coaches may not be required to see Shield’s performances to pick the team after. the Ashes 4-0 loss to England. “Whether we need (see any Shield cricket) or not, I’m not quite sure what opportunity we’ll get,” Bailey said.
“But the one thing I think we have to really agree with is that we have to accept what we’re getting at the moment and be flexible.
”I think one of the big things and maybe one of the reasons the players performed so well in the Ashes was that there were a number of players who had a good Shield cricket bank. before this series.
”Whether it’s for Pakistan or not, you would certainly hope that there is an opportunity for a bit of Shield cricket at some point just because of the competition and to continue to see guys improving and having the opportunity to show off their wares,” Bailey added.
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