International cricket is returning to Pakistan slowly. In the past couple of years, different nations have scheduled their itinerary there. The teams like West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh have toured successfully.
Now, the Australian cricket team is set to play in this Asian country in March. However, the Aussie paceman – Josh Hazlewood feels that some players might pull out their names from this series. He appreciated the hard work of both boards but feels that the players might still deny travelling.
Josh Hazlewood said, “There’s a lot of things in place and there’s been a lot of work in the background by CA and the ACA. So the trust is quite high there from the players, but there’d certainly be some concerns from the players and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them didn’t make the tour.”
The 31-years old also said that the final decision will be taken by the players themselves.
“And that’s very fair. People will discuss it with their families … and come up with an answer and everyone respects that,” he added.
The players’ security is of the utmost necessity and should not be compromised. The players on the previous tours have also disavowed going to Pakistan to play. New Zealand and England have already cancelled their tours to Pakistan earlier.
If this becomes successful, the series might turn out to be historic. This will more likely ensure a regular return of international cricket to Pakistan after nearly 13 years. Both the cricket boards are working hard to make it a success too.
For now, the tour is expected to go ahead with the set of players agreeing to play. The tour will be consisting of three Tests, three One Day Internationals and only T20I. It will commence on 3 March 2022 with the Test series in Karachi.