Warne, Vaughan back Australia's 'important' tour of Pakistan

The former cricketers stressed that the bigger cricketing nations have to tour less high-profile nations like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to p

By Web Desk
January 09, 2022
Michael Vaughan (L) and Shane Warne (R) - File Photo

Ex-Australian spin great Shane Warne and former England skipper Michael Vaughan believe that Australia's tour of Pakistan is "extremely important" and it must go-ahead to promote cricket.

Talking to Fox Cricket, the two former cricketers stressed that the bigger cricketing nations have to tour less high-profile nations like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to promote cricket.

On being asked why Australia's tour to Pakistan is important for Pakistan and cricket, Warne said: "Extremely important. All the top teams like Australia, England, New Zealand need to go to countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, just to promote the game."

"The excitement and then the money comes in from the revenue of TV rights, so it's really important that the teams can do that," he added.

Warne was surprised that some Pakistan players haven't played a Test match in Pakistan.

"Some Pakistani players, who have played 40-50 Tests, have never played a Test match at home. So, could you imagine what that means to the player and his family and the crowd.

"Security and everything is okay, and we will see some great cricket," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Vaughan said that Australia must tour Pakistan, and he also expressed disappointment over England pulling out of the Pakistan tour last year.

"Pakistan is a country that adores cricket. Not just T20 cricket, but Test cricket also. They absolutely adore it. I think Australia have to do everything in their powers that the players go for the game of cricket," he said.

"England pulled out of Pakistan tour last year a few days before the tour, and it's not a great look for the game. The power three (England, Australia, and India) must tour the countries with less fortune and money. Australia must go to Pakistan, and it would be great for the game," said Vaughan.

"There's a responsibility to the world game for the International Cricket Council (ICC). Australia, India, and England to get to as many countries as you possibly can. There's an ICC World Test Championship now too. So you have that responsibility, especially India," Warne further added.

Australia to tour Pakistan after 24 years

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in November 2021 announced details of Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998, which will take place in March and April 2022, and comprise three Tests, three ODIs and one T20I.

The Tests will take place in Karachi (3-7 March), Rawalpindi (12-16 March) and Lahore (21-25 March), while Lahore will be the venue for the four white-ball matches to be played from 29 March to 5 April.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.