Australia to tour Pakistan in March 2022 after a gap of 24 years

Australia's men's team is set for a three-format tour of Pakistan in March-April 2022, playing in the nation for the first time since 1998.

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced details for the seven-match tour on Monday.

The campaign will comprise three ICC World Test Championship matches through march, three ICC Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs (29 March to 2 April) and one T20I (5 April).

“I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight," PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said.

“Australia are one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans.

“Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore.”

The news will come as a major relief to the PCB especially after the recent withdrawals of New Zealand and England. A Cricket Australia delegation will visit Pakistan ahead of the tour to discuss logistics, security and Covid-19 protocols.

"Cricket Australia is excited about the prospect of touring Pakistan next year for what will be a highly anticipated series in a country so incredibly passionate about the game and their national team," Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley said. "We thank the PCB for their considerable efforts in planning for the tour and look forward to continuing to work closely over the coming months to finalise the necessary operations, logistics, security and Covid-19 protocols.

"The safety and welfare of our players and staff remains our number one priority, and we will continue to work with the PCB and relevant agencies to ensure that appropriate and sufficient arrangements are put in place for the tour."

The last time Australia toured Pakistan in 1998, the visitors won the Test series 1-0 and followed it up by clinching the ODI rubber too. Since then, Pakistan have hosted Australia in Colombo and Sharjah in 2002, in England in 2010, in the UAE in 2014 and 2018.