Cricket Australia turns down PCB’s invitation to tour Pakistan

Cricket Australia turns down PCB's invitation to tour Pakistan

Cricket Australia (CA) communicated the Pakistan Cricket Board that they will not tour Pakistan for the two matches of their upcoming series in the UAE, however, they are open for the idea of touring Pakistan later.

CA’s spokesman praised the passion for the game in the country and hoped to see the revival of international cricket there.

“We want to see international cricket return to Pakistan – the country has a huge passion for it,” a CA spokesperson said.

However, he expressed concern over the security situation in Pakistan maintained that their top priority is their players’ and staff’s safety.

“However, the safety of our players and support staff is our number one priority and we won’t compromise that. We’ll continue to take advice from a range of government agencies and our own security intelligence and act on this accordingly,” he added.

A positive point for the PCB is that Australia have not completely scrapped the idea of touring Pakistan and they will consider touring the country again.

“At this stage, from an Australia team perspective, we are not contemplating moving our current bilateral-tour arrangements from taking on Pakistan in the UAE, when they host the next series but we do remain open to the idea of playing in the country again,” he said.

PCB, however, is still waiting for an official response to the letter they wrote on January 7 to the Australian cricket board for a security survey.

“The PCB Chairman wrote a letter to the CA Chairman, Mr Earl Eddings, on 7 January in which he had suggested that the CA, as part of a standard protocol and process for bilateral series, should send their recce team to Pakistan to receive presentations on Pakistan’s security arrangements,” the PCB said.

“The PCB is still waiting for a response from the CA. Until the PCB hears further from the CA on their 7 January letter, they will consider this as an open and an ongoing discussion,” the statement added.

Earlier Australia’s limited over skipper, Aaron Finch and the top-order batsman Usman Khawaja stated that they are ready to tour Pakistan if the board agrees to send the team.

Australia last visited the country back in 1998. However, their current Test captain Tim Paine along with the fast bowler Ben Cutting toured Pakistan with World XI in 2017.