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LAHORE: Australian captain Tim Paine Tuesdays said that some players may feel uncomfortable while travelling to Pakistan for the planned tour next year.

A day earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had shared the details of Australia's tour of Pakistan, scheduled to take place in March-April next year.


Tim Paine's Australian side is scheduled to visit Pakistan and take on the Men in Green for three Test matches, an equal number ODIs and one T20 in 2022.

The tour, however, will go ahead only after security clearance is issued.

Australian captain Tim Paine spoke to Australian radio station SEN and admitted that some players may not be 100% on board with touring Pakistan.

'Some guys will be happy to take the experts’ advice'

"There’ll be some guys who will be happy to take the experts’ advice and others will want to know a bit more,” Paine said. "If we’re totally honest, there might be some people who aren’t comfortable going regardless.

Paine admitted that there will be "issues that will, I’m sure, pop up."

He said the team will discuss the subject and hopefully, get the right answers. "Hopefully, we will get the best team we can," he said, adding that the decision to either go or not go to Pakistan rests with an individual, instead of the team.

Pain delved into his experience of touring Pakistan in 2017, when he was part of the World XI team that played in an exhibition series in Pakistan.

The Australian captain admitted he was reassured but also "unnerved" at the same time, with Pakistan's security officials taking extraordinary measures, such as having choppers fly above the team's bus.

"The security that we had on that tour was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen in my life,” Paine said. "We had helicopters overhead, roads shut down five kilometres around us, checkpoints like every kilometre into the ground, it was extraordinary.

"The fact you’re seeing it and thinking to yourself it may be necessary can be a bit unnerving, but at the same time to see the planning and execution of it, with literally a couple of choppers above your bus 20-30 metres above your head was comforting but also unnerving at the same time," he added.

Schedule for Australia's tour of Pakistan

The Australian cricket team will arrive in March next year in Pakistan and play a full cricket series till April next year.

The first Test match between the two sides will be played from March 3 in Karachi while the second Test will be played from March 12-16 in Rawalpindi.

The teams will then play a third Test match from March 21-25 in Lahore.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

All four white-ball matches of the series will take place in Lahore from March 29 to April 5, confirmed the PCB.

This will be the first time that an Australian side will be visiting Pakistan to play a cricket series here after 24 years.

The last time an Australian squad played a series in Pakistan was in 1998 when Mark Taylor led them to a 1-0 series victory – their first since Richie Benaud’s side defeated Fazal Mahmood’s team by 2-0 in the 1959-60 series. Between the two series, Pakistan hosted Australia in 1964-65 (drew 0-0), 1979-80 (won 1-0), 1982-83 (won 3-0), 1988-89 (won 1-0) and 1994-95 (won 1-0).


 

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LAHORE: Australian captain Tim Paine Tuesdays said that some players may feel uncomfortable while travelling to Pakistan for the planned tour next year.

A day earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had shared the details of Australia's tour of Pakistan, scheduled to take place in March-April next year.


Tim Paine's Australian side is scheduled to visit Pakistan and take on the Men in Green for three Test matches, an equal number ODIs and one T20 in 2022.

The tour, however, will go ahead only after security clearance is issued.

Australian captain Tim Paine spoke to Australian radio station SEN and admitted that some players may not be 100% on board with touring Pakistan.

'Some guys will be happy to take the experts’ advice'

"There’ll be some guys who will be happy to take the experts’ advice and others will want to know a bit more,” Paine said. "If we’re totally honest, there might be some people who aren’t comfortable going regardless.

Paine admitted that there will be "issues that will, I’m sure, pop up."

He said the team will discuss the subject and hopefully, get the right answers. "Hopefully, we will get the best team we can," he said, adding that the decision to either go or not go to Pakistan rests with an individual, instead of the team.

Pain delved into his experience of touring Pakistan in 2017, when he was part of the World XI team that played in an exhibition series in Pakistan.

The Australian captain admitted he was reassured but also "unnerved" at the same time, with Pakistan's security officials taking extraordinary measures, such as having choppers fly above the team's bus.

"The security that we had on that tour was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen in my life,” Paine said. "We had helicopters overhead, roads shut down five kilometres around us, checkpoints like every kilometre into the ground, it was extraordinary.

"The fact you’re seeing it and thinking to yourself it may be necessary can be a bit unnerving, but at the same time to see the planning and execution of it, with literally a couple of choppers above your bus 20-30 metres above your head was comforting but also unnerving at the same time," he added.

Schedule for Australia's tour of Pakistan

The Australian cricket team will arrive in March next year in Pakistan and play a full cricket series till April next year.

The first Test match between the two sides will be played from March 3 in Karachi while the second Test will be played from March 12-16 in Rawalpindi.

The teams will then play a third Test match from March 21-25 in Lahore.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

All four white-ball matches of the series will take place in Lahore from March 29 to April 5, confirmed the PCB.

This will be the first time that an Australian side will be visiting Pakistan to play a cricket series here after 24 years.

The last time an Australian squad played a series in Pakistan was in 1998 when Mark Taylor led them to a 1-0 series victory – their first since Richie Benaud’s side defeated Fazal Mahmood’s team by 2-0 in the 1959-60 series. Between the two series, Pakistan hosted Australia in 1964-65 (drew 0-0), 1979-80 (won 1-0), 1982-83 (won 3-0), 1988-89 (won 1-0) and 1994-95 (won 1-0).


He is right I am never comfortable going to Pakistan myself, from the long flight in economy class to the finding my baggage in the mayhem at Lahore airport it can be very daunting - but once you are out of that airport cesspit the country is wonderful. So what is his next excuse.
 

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Pakistani brown saabs won't stop licking these white people. Even after being humiliated they just wanna be more humiliated. Its like they have some masochist personality disorder.

Stop playing with these people and focus on PSL and people who genuinely want to play with you.
 

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Can you believe Australia hasn't travel to Pakistan before the 9/11.

The world was so different but they still had excuses to postpone the trips...

That is 1998 to be precise

I think i understand his fear but there will be plenty of players who will happily travel to Pakistan so not much to worry about.

PS: Paine is amongst the few players who had been to Pakistan couple of years ago so he knows it is safe to travel there
 

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Pakistani brown saabs won't stop licking these white people. Even after being humiliated they just wanna be more humiliated. Its like they have some masochist personality disorder.

Stop playing with these people and focus on PSL and people who genuinely want to play with you.

Its not just goverment but the entire nation. If they see a gora on the street they just start worshiping them. No wonder why it was so easy for east india company to fool the people and people still have not learned.
 

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pakistan should say similar about safety and say we are worried that they will chop off our fingers or hands and keep them for trophy. like they did with afghans civilians.
 

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Question is who is asking them, They are behaving like Indians now, they themself declared their intention to coming to Pakistan and now some players may not want to come....Like Indians, dont fight if there is a chance of loosing and declare yourself better.
 

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He is right I am never comfortable going to Pakistan myself, from the long flight in economy class to the finding my baggage in the mayhem at Lahore airport it can be very daunting - but once you are out of that airport cesspit the country is wonderful. So what is his next excuse.
Wtf....I just spent 7 years in Pakistan...what a load of crap. Lahore Airport is no different to any other airport in the world...infact a lot better than Heathrow.
Spend money and upgrade don't fly economy. Stay away if you are so toffee nosed. Pakistan doesn't need you.
And Australia is a land of criminals...who cares if they don't come. Hope we hammer them
 

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How come @INDIAPOSITIVE threads are mainly on Pakistan Negative?
That's quite a far cry from the time he was Kaho na pyar hey. At that time he mostly posted negative Indian news.

I guess it's the modus operandi of most Indian trolls. In the beginning they make a lot of posts criticizing India then bam! When they reckon the time is right they start showing their true colours
 

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