Australia players are feeling “incredibly safe” after arriving for their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years and raring to dish out their aggressive brand of cricket, Test captain Pat Cummins said on Sunday.
Top teams have shunned Pakistan since gunmen attacked a visiting Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009 and a heavy security dragnet has been thrown around Australia’s six-week tour beginning with the first test in Rawalpindi on March 4.
“I feel incredibly safe,” Cummins, on his first overseas tour since taking over the test captaincy, told a virtual news conference.
“Upon arrival there’s been lots of security. We were straight off the plane and straight to the hotel. We’ve got a pretty good set-up here and we’ll be confined to the hotel except for games and training.”
The 28-year-old ruled out any apprehensions among his team mates and said they were focused on the tour featuring three tests, an equal number of one-dayers and a solitary Twenty20 International.
“It’s comforting and we’re really lucky to be surrounded by so many professionals,” Cummins said.
“There’s lots of things around which might be a little bit different to what we’re used to but we know it’s been taken care of so we can just really enjoy ourselves here …
“Pakistan is an incredible cricket nation. We feel lucky to get to come back here after a whole generation didn’t get the chance to play any cricket over here.”