Australia sees no tour to Pakistan “in short term”

Pakistan cricket fans praise World XI players during the second Twenty20 match at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

SYDNEY (AP) Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says he does not expect Australia to play in Pakistan ”in the short term.”

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 on Friday expressed doubt that tour would be possible – ”I don’t see in the short term there are any plans for us to play in Pakistan.”