The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed the schedule for the Test series, known as the Benaud-Qadir Trophy, against Australia, which is set to take place from the end of this year into the next.
Cricket Australia released a statement stating, “Pakistan will be visiting Australia later this year to compete for the Benaud-Qadir Trophy. The three Tests, part of the third World Test Championship cycle, are scheduled to be held in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney in December and January.”
As per the PCB statement, the first two Tests of the series will be played in December 2023, while the third Test is slated for January 2024.
The previous encounter between Pakistan and Australia in red-ball cricket was in March of last year, where Australia emerged victorious in the three-match away series.
The PCB mentioned, “This will be the third Test tour of Australia for Pakistan captain Babar Azam. The prolific batsman previously visited Australia in December 2016, under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq, and in November 2019, when Azhar Ali led the team.”
“Babar has scored 278 runs, including a century, in five Tests against Australia. During the 2019 tour, he recorded a century in the second innings of the first Test in Brisbane and followed it up with a score of 97 in Adelaide,” the PCB press release added.
Schedule of Pakistan’s Tour of Australia:
|December 14-18||First Test||Perth Stadium|
|December 26-30||Second Test||MCG|
|January 3-7||Third Test||SCG|
In addition to hosting Pakistan, Australia will also welcome West Indies and South Africa during the home season, featuring both men’s and women’s teams in action.