Cricket Australia, on Friday confirmed that Australia will tour Pakistan for the first time in 24 years and will play a full-fledged series in three Tests, three ODIs and a one T20I on their tour starting March 4.
Rawalpindi will host the first Test, the second Test will be played in Karachi and the third and final Test will be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
“I would like to thank the PCB and both the Pakistan and Australian Governments for ensuring the tour will proceed for the first time in 24 years,” chief executive Nick Hockley said.
“This is a historic occasion and important for the global growth and health of the game.
“I would also like to thank the Australian Cricketers’ Association and the players, coaches, support teams, staff and security experts for their collaboration in the planning for the tour.
“We are looking forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams.”
Revised Pakistan tour dates:
March 4-8: 1st Test, Rawalpindi
March 12-16: 2nd Test, Karachi
March 21-25: 3rd Test, Lahore
March 29: 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
March 31: 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
April 2: 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
April 5: T20I, Rawalpindi
“We are pleased that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved their side’s five-week tour itinerary and confirmed that their best available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years. We are really excited to host Pat Cummins and his players, and look forward to a competitive series that will comprise three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I,” PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said.
“While Australia will arrive at the back of strong performances in their home series against England, our team has been playing excellent cricket resulting in our players sweeping the ICC Awards. This braces for a keenly contested series, something that the fans will thoroughly enjoy and remember for a long time.”