- Schedule announced for three Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 game
MELBOURNE: Australia confirmed their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years after receiving a go-ahead from governments of both the countries and the players' association, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday.
Australia, who last toured Pakistan in 1998, will play three Tests, an equal number of One-Day Internationals and one T20 match between March 4 and April 5.
"I would like to thank the PCB and both the Pakistan and Australian Governments for ensuring the tour will proceed for the first time in 24 years," CA chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.
"This is a historic occasion and important for the global growth and health of the game. We are looking forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams."
"We are pleased that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved their side's five-week tour itinerary and confirmed that their best available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years," Hockley's Pakistani counterpart Faisal Hasnain said.
"This braces for a keenly-contested series, something that the fans will thoroughly enjoy and remember for a long time," added Hasnain, pointing to the teams' strong performance in recent times.
The tour begins on March 4 with the opening Test in Rawalpindi, which also hosts the entire white-ball leg of the series ending with a one-off T20 game on April 5.
Test captain Pat Cummins was convinced most frontline Australia players would travel to Pakistan.
"I think we'll get close to a full-strength squad," Cummins told local media on Thursday.
"There is still a little bit of work to do. We have received a lot of information and it has been great. All the pre-tour security and bio-security work has been done and it's been fantastic." Itinerary:
March 4-8: 1st Test, Rawalpindi
March 12-16: 2nd Test, Karachi
March 21-25: 3rd Test, Lahore
March 29: 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
March 31: 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
April 2: 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
April 5: T20I, Rawalpindi