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    "We share Pakistan's desire for international cricket to return to their country" : Kevin Roberts

    Cricket Australia is hopeful its elite men's team will tour Pakistan in 2022 but won't rush a decision, chief executive Kevin Roberts says.

    Roberts and CA's head of security Sean Carroll have just returned from Pakistan, the first visit of a high-level Australian delegation in more than a decade.

    Australia haven't played in Pakistan since 1998 because of security concerns.

    Roberts says his visit was aimed at strengthening relationships with the Pakistan Cricket Board rather than assessing whether Australia's 2022 tour would proceed.

    "The beauty of the timing of this visit, we wanted it to happen well before we were faced with a key decision," Roberts told SEN radio on Thursday.

    "... The purpose was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we're due to tour.

    "So that we're not dealing with that in a pressure-cooker environment a couple of months before the tour.

    "Things are heading in the right direction, but in saying that we were travelling in armoured cars and escorted by police and felt very safe over there. But certainly that level of security is still required at this point."

    Asked if Australia would again tour Pakistan, Roberts said: "I hope so.

    "I really hope we do for the sake of world cricket and Australia's important relationship with Pakistan," he said.

    "As I said to Pakistan, we share their desire for international cricket to return to their country.

    "(But) we will never jeopardise the safety of our people and we will keep taking advice from experts on the way.

    "We have got the next couple of years to hopefully plan for a tour in 2022 but we have just got to step that out gently, bit by bit, rather than rushing into it."

    Australia is scheduled to play two Tests, three one-dayers and three Twenty20 games in Pakistan from late February 2022.

    "Certainly there are parts of the country that unfortunately are very unsafe, but there's other parts of the country where I think a number of nations would contemplate playing again in the future when Pakistan are ready," Roberts said.

    "In the spirit of appropriate leadership, I'm never going to ask anything of our people, be they players or support staff, that I haven't been prepared to do myself.

    "I felt safe but won't be sending players over there until I can look them in the eye and tell them that they should feel safe as well."

    https://au.sports.yahoo.com/cricket-...jmVV14x2qhkZuY


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    That's good news. Not long away, hopefully the big players like Smith, Cummins, Warner agree to come.

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    Australia will be last team to visit Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Australia will be last team to visit Pakistan.
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th

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    The last non Asian teams to visit will be NZ and England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th
    Don't think india will visit ever until day of judgment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th
    And i reckon SA will be first team outside asia to visit Pakistan. Considering half of their players already toured Pakistan in last two years

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    Unfortunately we need more actions than words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Cricket Australia is hopeful its elite men's team will tour Pakistan in 2022 but won't rush a decision, chief executive Kevin Roberts says.


    https://au.sports.yahoo.com/cricket-...jmVV14x2qhkZuY
    Elite honesty from Elite team?

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    Come the time, I'd be amazed if they toured Pakistan.

    We've heard all this before.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    And i reckon SA will be first team outside asia to visit Pakistan. Considering half of their players already toured Pakistan in last two years
    You are forgetting Zimbabwe and West Indies. They already played in Pakistan recently.

    South Africa may also come. I don't see Aussies coming to Pakistan soon (to be honest).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Come the time, I'd be amazed if they toured Pakistan.

    We've heard all this before.
    Fact is that none of these security visits etc can change minds of players


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Don't think india will visit ever until day of judgment.
    After 5 years not under Modi of course... They came to power with "hate muslims propaganda", well and ofcourse by rigging elections on whichever states they can...

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    Interview with Kevin Roberts one of the highlights of this week’s PCB Podcast

    • Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis shares his plans, Hasan Ali talks about his post-wicket celebrations and nickname ‘generator’

    • Third edition of weekly PCB Podcast also includes review of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first round matches and an update on national women’s one-day series

    Lahore, 20 September 2019:

    Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Kevin Roberts, in the latest episode of PCB Podcast, reflects on his visit to Islamabad and talks about future steps as Pakistan steps up its efforts for regular resumption of international cricket in the country.

    Roberts was first of the high-profile cricket administrators to visit Pakistan when he visited Islamabad on Tuesday, 17 September, while CA Chairman Earl Eddings is scheduled to tour Lahore in October.

    The visit will be followed by a trip of England and Wales Cricket Board representatives later in October.

    “We share your desire to see international cricket return to Pakistan,” Roberts told PCB Podcast, adding: “We think it would be great for cricket and Pakistan.

    “Of course, from an Australian perspective, we’re very focused on the safety of our players and our support staff. We’ll keep taking advice till we are due to be here in 2022, but we are here to build the relationship in the meantime and, for me personally, to pay respects to your country on my first visit over here.

    “We arrived early (Tuesday) morning from London and fairly soon after we had a meeting with the Ministry of Interior. That was really insightful in terms of their commitment to helping international cricket return to Pakistan, noting that it’s got a way to go till Australia would be comfortable to send teams over.

    “But it’s really good to see how focused they are on making that happen.

    “And, of course, we also met with our own Australian High Commissioner, who moved here over a couple of months ago. Again he was very focused on supporting the relationship between the PCB and the Cricket Australia. We then did a tour around the city and saw some of the local cricket facilities, which were great as well.”

    To listen or download complete interview of Kevin Roberts, please click here.

    The third edition of the PCB Podcast, which has been recorded in a recently created in-house studio, also includes interviews of Pakistan national team bowling coach Waqar Younis and fast-bowler Hasan Ali.

    Waqar, in a candid interview, discusses his plans and strategy to help the younger generation of fast bowlers and also looks forward to the World Test Championship matches against Australia.

    Hasan Ali recalls how he came up with his novel post-wicket taking celebrations and what he feels about its nickname ‘generator’.

    The PCB, during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches, released his digital clip with one of his fans, emulating his celebrations, which, to date has had 61.3K views.

    Apart from the three interviews, the PCB Podcast includes updates from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and National Women’s One-Day Championship 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    No it will be India!!!!! Australia is 2nd, S Africa 3rd and England 4th
    Australia didn't even visit Pakistan when Pakistan was at it's peak under Gen. Musharraf and thrived economically. What makes you think they will even consider visiting now?

    Australia is never coming unless India, Afghan issues are resolved and there are no extremist groups left.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Fact is that none of these security visits etc can change minds of players
    They talk the talk, when the time comes, it's always no thanks.

    Australia to play in Pakistan in 2022 - I reckon about 1% chance.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Australia didn't even visit Pakistan when Pakistan was at it's peak under Gen. Musharraf and thrived economically. What makes you think they will even consider visiting now?

    Australia is never coming unless India, Afghan issues are resolved and there are no extremist groups left.
    They had no tours scheduled around that time. They did have an A tour scheduled, which they completed. I reckon if they had a tour scheduled in 2004-2006, they would have done that tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan17 View Post
    They had no tours scheduled around that time. They did have an A tour scheduled, which they completed. I reckon if they had a tour scheduled in 2004-2006, they would have done that tour.
    They played a test in Sharjah.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    They played a test in Sharjah.
    Yes, that was around the time the bomb went off in Karachi near NZ team's hotel. WI also didn't tour at that time, but WI did tour in 2006. I genuinely think if Australia had a tour scheduled in 2004-2006, they would have toured. Then the security situation went off the rails late 2007 and 2008. I will admit, they they seem to be the most hesitant of all teams. That doesn't mean they won't tour or that they will be the last time to tour. Given how much has changed in the last 3-4 years in Pakistan with respect to the security situation, if the Australian government were to change its security advisory I think the team would tour too.

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    David Boon, the former Australian batsman is the match referee for the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka ODI series, but you won't see any Australian cricketers in Pakistan for many years to come.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    David Boon, the former Australian batsman is the match referee for the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka ODI series, but you won't see any Australian cricketers in Pakistan for many years to come.
    What exactly is the problem? Surely the security being promised is good quality?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    What exactly is the problem? Surely the security being promised is good quality?
    They are like americans, paranoia runs high

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    Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Geoffrey Shaw in a meeting with Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Parvez Elahi here Monday said that Australia welcomes revival of cricket in Pakistan. Australian Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board are in contact for promotion of bilateral cricket relations, Geoffrey Shaw said. "Strategy is being evolved for further promoting trade between Pakistan and Australia, and a trade delegation is visiting Pakistan in October." In the meeting, views were exchanged on prevailing political situation in the country.

    Speaker Parvez Elahi said that Kashmir is lifeline of Pakistan. Modi has committed excessive oppression and suppression on Kashmir which are unprecedented. Despite 50 days long curfew, Modi has not been able to dampen the courage and spirit of the Kashmiris nor suppress the freedom movement, Prime Minister Imran Khan is getting, Kashmiris struggle for freedom, highlighted before the world. He said the CPEC project is heading fast towards its completion because of it Pakistan will become trade hub of Asia.

    https://fp.brecorder.com/2019/09/20190924520189/


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