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Australia see no plans to play in Pakistan in near future

Australia is scheduled to play in Pakistan next year but Sutherland expressed doubt that the tour would be possible.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 16, 2017 11:57 IST ]
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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says he does not expect Australia to play in Pakistan "in the short term." Pakistan who are the defending ICC Champion trophy winners took on the World XI which was led by Faf du Plessis, beat the visitors 2-1 in the T20 series to lift the Independence Cup. 

Sutherland was responding to a call from the International Cricket Council for more teams to tour Pakistan, following the current tour of a World XI which is playing three Twenty20 matches.

Pakistan has hosted only one international tour, a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe in 2015, since militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players. Australia last toured Pakistan in 1998.

Australia is scheduled to play in Pakistan next year but Sutherland expressed doubt that the tour would be possible, "I don't see in the short term there are any plans for us to play in Pakistan."

(With AP Inputs).

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