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CRICKET: Australia confirms first tour to Pakistan after 24 years

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that the Australian men’s team will travel to Pakistan for the first time in 24 years to play a full-fledged series in the form of three Tests, as many ODIs and a solitary T20I, starting March 4.

The first Test match will be played in Rawalpindi, while the second is scheduled to be held in Karachi. The third and final Test will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement. “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.” PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said, “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.”

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