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                         Australia confirmed their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years after receiving a go-ahead from governments of both the countries and the players` association, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday.Australia, who last toured Pakistan in 1998, will play three tests, an equal number of one-day internationals and one T20 match between March 4 and April 5.

                       "I would like to thank the PCB and both the Pakistan and Australian Governments for ensuring the tour will proceed for the first time in 24 years," CA chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement."This is a historic occasion and important for the global growth and health of the game. We are looking forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams."

                       Top teams have largely shunned Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.The tour begins on March 4 with the opening test in Rawalpindi, which also hosts the entire white-ball leg of the series ending with a one-off T20 game on April 5.

                       Test captain Pat Cummins was convinced most frontline Australia players would travel to Pakistan."There is still a little bit of work to do. We have received a lot of information and it has been great. All the pre-tour security and bio-security work has been done and it`s been fantastic."

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