Sydney: Australia’s team is going on a tour of Pakistan next month. Three Tests, three ODIs and one T20 match will be played between the two teams. Australia had already announced the team for the Test series. Now the Australian team has been announced for the ODI series starting on March 29 and the T20 match to be held on April 5. Many big players including Pat Cummins, David Warner () and Josh Hazlewood are not named in this team. The names of Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc, who batted explosively in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, are also not included in the ODI and T20 team. Josh Inglis, Ben McDermott, Nathan Ellis have also been given a chance in this team captained by Aaron Finch. Marcus Stoinis was drafted by Lucknow Super Giants ahead of the auction. He is also part of the Australia team for the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan. The new series of IPL will start at the end of March. Australian players playing in the league who will not play the ODI and T20 series in Pakistan will be available to play in the IPL from 6 April. Those players can come to India in advance, but due to the policy of Cricket Australia, they will not be able to participate in the IPL till 5 April. After coming to India on 6th April to play IPL from Pakistan, the players will have to stay in Quarantine as per protocol. It is believed that for this reason big names have turned their backs on the tour of Pakistan.
Australia’s ODI and T20 teams: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendoff, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Greene, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa .
4-8 March 1st Test, Rawalpindi. 12-16 March Second Test, Karachi. 21-25 March 3rd Test. 29 March 1st ODI, Lahore. March 31, 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi. 2 April 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi. 5 April One-off T20I match, Rawalpindi.
[Attribution to NBT]