Test Cricket Tours - Australia to Pakistan 1988-89
Tour of Pakistan
Sixth Test-playing tour of Pakistanby Australia
It was decided on 24 August not
to cancel the tour, following President Zia ul Haq's death but there was much
disruption. The first three-day match had to be switched because
of Zia’s funeral?? and the second rearranged to fit in with a national holiday. The
first one-day international was cancelled because of heavy flooding while the
other two matches were overshadowed by violence in south Pakistan in
which 200 people lost their lives.
The Australian management
demanded that Mahboob Shah be replaced as umpire after his performance in the
Lawrie Sawle (Western Australia - chairman),
Greg Chappell (Queensland),Jim Higgs (Victoria) and Bob Simpson (coach)
Mr Alan Crompton who had been
in charge of the Australian team in the 1987 World Cup was originally
Unavailable: Simon O'Donnell.
Members of the unofficial tour party to South Africa remained
banned from Test cricket(TM Alderman, J Dyson, PI Faulkner, MD Haysman, TG
Hogan, RM Hogg, TV Hohns,KM Hughes,
RJ McCurdy, JN Maguire, CG Rackemann, SJ Rixon, G Shipperd, SB Smith, MD
Taylor and GN Yallop).
Tour Party Announced :1 April 1988.
Official standbys:Chris Matthews (W),Merv Hughes
(V),Mark Waugh (N)
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(1 April - 3 September)
A pre-tour training camp was held in Brisbane in August,
practicing against leg-spinners including Peter Sleep, Trevor Hohns and Bob
On the eve of departure the Australian Cricket Board
Chairman Malcolm Gray spoke to the team about their responsibility to the
game of cricket on this tour.
After a thirty-hour flight leaving Brisbane on
Saturday 3 September to Karachi via Manila and Bangkok, the team reached
Karachi and made a brief stopover before finally landed on Sunday 4 September
at Lahore, to where the match was shifted from Rawalpindi after General Zia's
death in the August 17 plane crash.
Time spent in Pakistan
(4 September - 17 October)
Allan Border (captain),
Geoff Marsh (vice-captain).Bob