With Pakistan and Australia set to play with five ODIs in March and the venue yet to be decided, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board  (PCB) Ehsan Mani has urged Australia to return to Pakistan for the first time in over 20 overs.
With Pakistan and Australia set to play with five ODIs in March and the venue yet to be decided, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani has urged Australia to return to Pakistan for the first time in over 20 overs.

With Pakistan and Australia set to play with five ODIs in March and the venue yet to be decided, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board  (PCB) Ehsan Mani has urged Australia to return to Pakistan for the first time in over 20 overs.

Australia last toured Pakistan in 1998. No international team has toured Pakistan for a full tour since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus, but a few teams have played limited-over series in the country since then.

“Obviously they rely on the (Australian) High Commission’s advice, but a lot of it is a matter of perception,” said Mani. “I am yet to meet people who once they’ve been to Pakistan have any concerns about going there. On the sidelines, we’ve certainly raised this with them, that they should consider this. Obviously Cricket Australia’s got a new CEO, he’s got to go back and do his due diligence.”

Mani sounded confident that Pakistan will return to the international scene sooner than later.

“It will certainly happen sooner or later. It’s a matter of comfort levels. We are getting PSL matches played in Pakistan, foreign players are coming for that. We’ve had a couple of other teams come and play, but I really want Australia, New Zealand, England to come.”

Pakistan got a big fillip when a host of international stars travelled to the country to play the final of the Pakistan Super League last year.