Iconic Gaddafi Stadium hosting 1st ODI after 24 years

The iconic Gaddafi Stadium is hosting the 1st ODI match between Pakistan and Australia after 24 years.

Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore were scheduled to host the three-Test matches in March and the limited-overs portion was decided to be played in Lahore from March 29 to April 5. The Test matches were part of the World Test Championship. The ODIs will be counted towards World Cup Super League.

In 1998, Mark Taylor led Australia to a 1-0 victory in the last Test series, which they played in Pakistan. Since then, Pakistan has hosted Australia four times at neutral venues in Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Pakistan couldn’t host international cricket for almost a decade after the Sri Lanka team’s bus came under attack in Lahore in March 2009. Eight people were killed during the terror attack, and several Sri Lankan players were injured.

Pakistan also lost its status as a co-host for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka was the first team to return for a Test series in December 2019 and was followed by Bangladesh and South Africa. Other teams have toured for the limited-overs series.

Pakistan is set to host the West Indies for three ODIS between June 8 to June 12. The ODIs were part of the West Indies tour of Pakistan in December 2021. However, with mutual consent, these were rescheduled after five Covid-19 cases were reported on the West Indies side. The West Indies have also agreed to play three T20Is in early 2023, the schedule of which will be announced in due course.

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