Australia’s cricket team lands in Islamabad amid unprecedented security measures


Islamabad: Australian cricket, captained by skipper Pat Cummins, touched down in Islamabad on Sunday morning for a three-match Test series beginning in Rawalpindi on March 4, marking the start of their first Test tour in nearly three years.Also Read – Matthew Hayden Seeks Pay Cut For Players Missing Games For Australia

A report from said on Sunday strict security measures were in place as the 18-member squad and support staff left the airport on the team’s first trip to Pakistan in 24 years . The Australian cricket team last played a series on Pakistani soil in 1998, winning the three-Test series 1-0 and wiping out the ODI assignment 3-0. ALSO READ – AUS vs PAK: Will enter Test series against Pakistan with an open mind, says Travis Head

The Australian players, who arrived on a chartered flight from Melbourne, shared footage of their arrival on social media, with vice-captain Steve Smith, Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja and spinners Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson expressing their enthusiasm before the three tests. countryside. Also Read – Cricket Australia hope Steve Smith recovers from concussion in time for Pakistan tour

The team had been training in Melbourne, “observing pre-departure protocols to limit their exposure to COVID-19”, according to the report.

The team is joined by Cricket Australia (CA) Managing Director Nick Hockley. Players will be subject to a 24-hour quarantine, before starting their full steam training for the inaugural test. “They will be in a high-security bubble for the duration of their six-week stay,” the report said.

Australia’s strict COVID-19 standards and border controls mean the Test team have only played at home since the Ashes series drawn in England in 2019. They have postponed planned tours to Bangladesh (mid-2020 ) and in South Africa (early 2021) due to the pandemic.

The Pakistan tour is Pat Cummins’ first overseas testing assignment as skipper since taking charge after Tim Paine quit weeks before the Ashes series last year. The tour also heralds the start of the post-Justin Langer era, who resigned as head coach earlier this month unhappy with new contract terms offered by Cricket Australia.

Interim coach Andrew McDonald leads the team.

Reports say Australia received ‘head of state’ level security for their tour, with around 4,000 police and military personnel guarding the team’s hotel in Islamabad and the cricket stadium in Rawalpindi.

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