The Australian cricket team reached Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in 24 years. 

Australia last visited Pakistan in November 1998.

During the tour, the Aussie men, headed by skipper James Cummins, will take on Green Shirts in three Test matches, the same number of ODIs and one T20.

The first match of the Test series will begin on March 4 in Rawalpindi. It will be followed by Tests in Karachi and Lahore before ODIs and T20 series, all in Rawalpindi.

Senior batsman Steve Smith posted a picture on Twitter of the 35-strong Australia tour party inside their charter flight’s cabin after it touched down in Islamabad. 

Pakistan cricket suffered after a terror attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team in 2009. Australia pulled out of a tour five years earlier after a suicide blast at a Lahore church.

They last played in Pakistan in 1998, winning the three-Test series 1-0 and blanking the hosts in the three One-Day Internationals.

Having been forced to play their home games abroad, mostly in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan appeared to have reassured international cricket authorities last year with both New Zealand and England scheduled to tour.

But the Black Caps hastily departed in September just minutes before their first match was due to start, citing security fears, and England postponed tours by both their men’s and women’s teams soon after.

The decisions incensed Pakistan cricket authorities, who felt they had done everything possible to ensure safety and security.


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