Cricket Australia optimistic of Pakistan tour
Cricket Australia (CA) officials are optimistic about Pakistan tour in 2022, but any decision will make after careful deliberation. According to the details, CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts and security Chief Sean Carroll returned to their country from Pakistan, following the first visit by a senior Australian delegation in more than a decade.
Roberts believes that his visit will go a long way to strengthening relations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“The beauty of the moment of this visit, we wanted it to happen long before we faced a key decision,” Roberts told SEN radio on Thursday.
The purpose was to understand the picture, look at the plans they have around security and then start expressing our expectations about the safety of our players and our support staff more than two years away from when we are to start the tour. So we’re not dealing with that, in a pressure cooker environment, a couple of months before the tour, Roberts SEN added.
The 47-year-old, who played 23 first-class matches and 18 List A games for New South Wales between 1994 and 1998, also revealed that things were going in the right direction when it came to the tour of Pakistan.
“Things are going in the right direction, but saying we were traveling in armored vehicles and escorted by the police and we feel very safe there. However, certainly, that level of security is still required at this point,” he said.
Australia last visited Pakistan under the captaincy of Mark Taylor in 1998 but has not done so since then for security reasons.
Pakistan will head to Australia for two tests later this year with the two countries meeting again in 2022. The PCB hopes that series will take place in Pakistan and instead of the United Arab Emirates, which have been their home away home since the unfortunate attack in 2009, against the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.