Pak vs Aus: Cricket Australia experts arrive in Pakistan to assess security arrangements
KARACHI: Cricket Australia's four-person delegation, made up of security experts, has arrived in Pakistan to assess security prior to the kangaroos' scheduled tour of the country in March 2022.
Australia will play three test matches, three ODIs and a T20 during the planned Pakistan tour.
Sources privy to the development said the four-person security team reached Karachi and will visit the national stadium today.
The delegation consisted of three Australian security experts and top security advisor Reg Dickason. The Australian cricket team will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years in March 2022.
The security team will also visit Lahore and Rawalpindi and review security in the hotels, stadiums and along the routes. Australia's tour of Pakistan is subject to clearance by the security team.
PCB sources said Interior Ministry officials will also brief the delegation about the security arrangements during the visit. The security team will also watch the first two T20 games between Pakistan and the West Indies, the sources added.
"Some Australian players may not be comfortable traveling to Pakistan"
On November 9th, Australian skipper Tim Paine said that there will be certain players in the camp who will not feel "comfortable" on tour through Pakistan next year.
In an interview with Australian radio station SEN, Tim Paine admitted that some players may not be 100% on board the tour of Pakistan.
"There will be some who will be happy to take the advice of the experts and others will want to know a little more," Paine had said. “If we're being completely honest, there may be people who don't feel comfortable regardless of that.
Paine had admitted that "there will be problems I am sure" will arise.
He said the team would discuss the matter and hopefully get the right answers. "Hopefully we'll get the best team we can," he said, adding that the decision whether or not to go to Pakistan is an individual, not the team.