'Australia in Pakistan' is not a common thread in cricket talk. Last touring in 1998, Mark Taylor's Bradman equaling 334 in Peshawar now the myth of legend & folklore. Playing 'home cricket' in the UAE for much of the last 20 years, Pakistan is ready to play at home again; so Australia's Cricket Tour of Pakistan 2022 will be met with great anticipation and impatience, and not only by us!
Photo 1: Gateway Arch To The Khyber Pass Photo 2: Soldier At The Wagah Border
The Pakistan people have missed a lot of cricket and I believe we owe it to them to support the return of cricket in Pakistan and Australia playing will no doubt build great desire by the locals to be at the games. Being part of what we hope will be big, excited, and happy crowds will add dynamic to a spectacular experience that is framed by Pakistan's famed hospitality.
When you tour in Feb-Mar 2022, we will have been to Pakistan 6-times, including our preparation visit before your trip. A research visit ensures we have the most relevant information about Australia's much-anticipated cricket tour to share with you.
Photo 1: Friends Laughing At Me In Peshawar Photo 2: Two Friends Loving Their Photo Taken
We won't know the schedule until late 2021 but plan to visit from the last week of Feb until the 1st week of April for 2 Tests, 3 ODI's, & 3 T20's against Pakistan and 3 ODI's against Afghanistan. We could have 6 weeks in this vast, cricket-loving countryincluding 9 days in the cool North and 3 days 'up the Khyber'!
Photo 1: Old Anarkali Food Street, Lahore Photo 2: Old Anarkali Food Street, Lahore
Included In Your Hotel ODI / T20 Tour:
7 or 8 Nights 4 or 5 Star Hotel Per 3 Games
Return Airport-Hotel Transfers
Full Breakfast Daily
Hotel Lounge Access Incl. Dinner/Snacks
Match Tickets To All Games
Transfers To & From Each Day's Play
All Required Rail Travel Between Cities
What Is Not Included In Your Pakistan Tour:
Inbound International Flights
Domestic Flights Between Cricket Cities
Anything Else Not Listed
Photo 1: Grand Trunk Road Pindi - South East Photo 2: Grand Trunk Road Pindi - North West
Pakistan is an uncut gem. From sprawling Karachi on the Arabian Sea in the South, through the Sindh Desert to the tombs and tiles of Multan, and on to the Mughal wonder of Lahore. Grand Trunk Road from India cuts north-west through Lahore to the bazaars of Rawalpindi, and the pulsating markets of Peshawar before passing through famed Khyber Pass into Afganistan. Pakistan is a wealth of ancient and natural wonders, especially 'the North'.
You can't visit Pakistan and not see the Karakoram Ranges, home to the world's 2nd highest peak. Lush fields, deep valleys, giant peaks, and vast lakes frame the Karakoram Highway. The 8th wonder of the world, part of the ancient Silk Road travelled by Marco Polo, has carried caravans of smugglers, commerce, cartels, and contraband to and from China for centuries. Unmissable, we have an 8-night trip to the splendour of the North after the cricket.
Photo 1: Kids Amazed At Seeing Their Photo Photo 2: Heading Up To The Khyber Pass
Included In Your 8 Night Tour To The North:
All Road Travel From Islamabad
Flight From Gilgit To Islamabad
1-Night Hotel In Besham
3-Nights Hotel Resort In Gilgit
4-Nights Hotel Resort In Hunza
All Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bottomless Bottled Water
Qualified Tour Guides & Drivers
All Entrance Fees
Driving The Karakoram Highway Visiting Famous Forts, Parks, Peaks, Pastures, Rivers, And Lakes, As Far As The China Border
Pakistan is waiting to be discovered, with a rich history and culture to be experienced and enjoyed by many who are constantly deterred by security and political unrest. Pakistan Tourism heavily promoted 'Destination Pakistan 2007', even hosting myself for two weeks to help build tour numbers in the following year. It was not to be!
Photo 1: Not Much Window To See Out Off Photo 2: The Bus Drivers Love Their Photo Taken
Sadly, 'security' cancelled Australia's 2008 Cricket Tour but after detailed security improvement in recent years, international cricket will return to Pakistan. Australia's 2022 Cricket Tour could be your 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to visit and watch cricket in this incredible country.
I hope the Test Matches will be played in Lahore & Rawalpindi, for convenience, though Karachi at the other end of the country would be good. After 26 years of touring, it remains anyone's guess but we will be prepared to host you no matter where.
Karachi has the Pakistan Air Force Museum, the Maritime Museum, and Jinnah Mausoleum, whereas Clifton Beach, Boat Basin, and Zamzama are the places to be seen. Out of town, you would love to see unbelievable Makli Necropolis.
Photo 1: Enjoying Low Tide On Clifton Beach Photo 2: Aircraft At Pakistan Maritime Museum
One of Pakistan's prime cricketing centres, Multan has a beautiful stadium I'd be lucky to watch cricket at. Not a tourist hotspot, the shrines, mosques, and tile-work are as amazing as the views from Qasim Bagh where Australia played Test Cricket in 1982.
1000-year-old capital of Punjab, Lahore was the centre of the Mughal Empire. Majestic monuments, palaces, gardens, and fort sit juxtaposed with British Empire legacies. General Post Office, University, and High Court is architectural beauty across this dynamic city, 20km from India.
Photo 1: Lahore Fort Photo 2: Lahore Museum
Join us in Lahore and we'll take you to India for the border closing ceremony at Wagah. The chest pumping, brow furling, and feather dusting of proud soldiers who slam the gates shut between the super-powers amid the chorus of respective anthems, flag-waving, and jeers, is to behold!
Photo 1: Soldier At The Wagah Border Gates Photo 2: Soldiers Marching To Close The Border
Rawalpindi is far more frantic than its Capital City sister, Islamabad, barely 15km north, with history & handicrafts in which to delve. Gold & silver jewellery, linens, and Kashmiri carpets can be haggled over in Raja, Kashmiri, Saddar, Sarafa, and Moti Bazaars, in the home of our beloved Murree Brewery.
Photo 1: Having Tea In The Markets Of Pindi Photo 2: Buy A Rug In The Markets Of Pindi
Peshawar is reserved for romanticizing of the Khyber Pass and treasures in the frenzied Old City bazaars where anything can be bargained off the shelf, basket, wall, or floor. If it's not there, it will be made, paid, sought, or brought for you. We won't play here, but we will host a trip to this incredible city, and take a journey ‘up the Khyber’!
Photo 1: A Young Fruit Seller In Peshawar Photo 2: An Older Fruit Seller In Peshawar
Back To The Game:
We are focussed on ensuring you have a deservedly amazing time by being prepared. We’ll bring you safely together at the game in a land not for the faint-hearted. We do not pretend this is Barbados. You can join us for 1 or 2 Tests, all ODI's & T20's, in Peshawar, the journey north, twin share or single. Piece it together as you wish.
Included In Your 3 Night Tour To Peshawar:
Train Journey From Lahore/Pindi & Back
3 Nights At Pearl Continental Hotel (TBC)
Breakfast & Dinner Daily
Guided Walking Tour Of Peshawar
Guided Drive Up The Khyber Pass
Photo 1: One Cool Gentleman In Peshawar Photo 2: Taking Aim With The Khyber Riflemen
We will have 8-nights per Test & for each 3 ODI/T20 in lovely hotels with two-way airport transfers. We will get you to & from each game and pending the schedule, may include day-trips such as visiting Makli Necropolis from Karachi or UNESCO ruins of Taxila from Islamabad/Pindi, but most likely we will leave preferred city sightseeing to you.
Photo 1: A Jingle Bus From The Outside Photo 2: A Jingle Bus From The Inside
If need be we will travel overnight in our private rail 'saloon' between Lahore/Pindi and Karachi, though you are welcome to fly if you prefer. Travel between Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar will be done by rail as there is no domestic air travel for these very short journeys that will be included.
This is a tour we openly encourage you to take our hotel tour for 'safety in numbers' rather our match ticket & dinner option and staying elsewhere. It's not just the hotel, but we get you to & from the airport safely, between cities conveniently, to & from the cricket simply, and help you enjoy incredible sights.
Photo 1: Playing Snooker In Multan Photo 2: Playing Snooker In Multan
We will introduce you to others with whom you can explore cities and surrounds with, or to accompany you on personal errands. This could be the only time you see Australia play cricket in Pakistan so let us help you do it comfortably & safely in the company of great people on this unique adventure.
Photo 1: Match Day Catering In Pindi Photo 2: Chickens On The Spit In Peshawar
Like all tours, if travelling alone and you book ‘twin share’, you will be partnered with another lone cricket aficionado for a roommate. If you prefer privacy, book ‘single’ and you will have your own room. If travelling as a 'couple' just book 'double share' and you will have a room with one bed.
If you are travelling independently our match ticket option includes dinner the night before the Test (when you will get your match tickets) and dinner on the night of Day 5. This allows you to enjoy the cricket affordably, and with awesome people.
Photo 1: Silhouetted At Pindi Cricket Ground Photo 2: Directions To The Cricket In Multan
This will be an amazing cricket tour that I wish was Feb - Mar 2021 such is our excitement, but we will happily wait. With over 12 months to daydream, ponder, and prepare, we trust you will do that same and ask many questions that we will gladly answer.