Cricket Australia softens its stance after PCB approach

Cricket Australia have softened its stance after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) invited Australian team to play at least two one day matches during five-match ODI series scheduled in the United Arab Emirates from March 19 to 31 next year.

In a statement, CA spokesperson said, “We are in ongoing discussions with the PCB about the one-day tour in March next year. We recognise the PCB & Pakistan government are taking every step to improve the security for touring cricket teams and we’ll continue discussions with the PCB.”

Wasim Khan, the incoming managing director of PCB in his various interviews said that he hopes that international cricket can be persuaded to Pakistan as soon as possible.

Most of the teams keep at arm’s length after the incident that happened with the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

The Kangaroos last toured Pakistan in 1998, under the captaincy of Mark Taylor. However, the current Test captain of Australia Tim Paine came here as part of a ‘World XI’ for a three-match T20I series tour last year.