Australia has announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan, which is set to begin in Rawalpindi on March 4.
Pat Cummins will be leading the Australian side in a historic three-Test tour and he will be accompanied by prominent names of Josh Hazlewood, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith.
Cricket Australia (CA) had already conducted the basic security arrangements assessment and submitted positive feedback upon their return.
“Clearly there is some anxiety about touring which I think is perfectly natural given an Australian team hasn’t toured Pakistan for almost 25 years,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief Todd Greenberg told SEN on Monday.
“We may have one or two players who won’t be comfortable despite all of the advice and guidance that we provide. Along with Cricket Australia, we’ll need to respect those players and give them our full support if they decide not to make this tour.”
“It’s a very important tour. The players completely understand our contribution to the global game and we don’t have an expectation that we can sit here and expect teams to tour our country and not contribute ourselves.”
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner