Australia refuses to tour Pakistan for ODI matches

Jan 14 2019 10:10 AM
Australia refuses to tour Pakistan for ODI matches

Australia refused Pakistan Cricket Board's request to play two One Day International ODI matches in the country due to security concerns.

According to reports, PCB ’s proposal of playing two of the five ODIs, which are slated to be played in UAE, in Pakistan has been rejected by the Australian cricket board.

PCB  had asked Australia to play two of the five ODIs Australia turned it down due to security concerns. As per reports though the proposal has been rejected by the Australian cricket board, it has assured the PCB that they would be open to the idea in the future.

In return, PCB declined reports of Australia refusing to tour Pakistan.

According to reports, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani attempted to convince CA chief executive Kevin Roberts to schedule an away series against Pakistan, urging them to follow the lead of Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe who had toured the nation since 2017.  Sri Lanka's return was hailed as a major boost considering the deadly attack on their players in Lahore in 2009.

Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch and Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja have recently expressed a desire to tour Pakistan, if case the security issues were addressed.  

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