Cricket Australia optimistic of Pakistan tour in 2022

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LAHORE: The officials of Cricket Australia (CA) reportedly optimistic about touring Pakistan in 2022.

According to details, CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts and Security Head Sean Carroll have returned home, after the first high-level Australian delegation visit in more than a decade.

“The beauty of the timing of this visit, we wanted it to happen well before we were faced with a key decision,” Roberts told SEN radio on Thursday.

“The purpose was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we’re due to tour. So that we’re not dealing with that, in a pressure-cooker environment, couple of months before the tour,” he added.

Australia last toured Pakistan under the captaincy of Mark Taylor, way back in 1998, but has not done so since because of security concerns.

Pakistan will head to Australia for two Tests, later this year, with the two countries due to meet again in 2022. The PCB is hopeful for that series to take place in Pakistan and instead of the United Arab Emirates — which has been their home away-from-home since the unfortunate attack, in 2009, on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.