‘This is the country of hospitality’ – Australia tour to Pakistan review

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‘This is the country of hospitality’ – Australia tour to Pakistan review

In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with cricket journalists Adam Collins and Bharat Sundaresan about their unforgettable trip – covering Australia’s first tour to Pakistan in 24 years.

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Talking Points:

  • The uncertainty over Australia’s tour to Pakistan in the build-up
  • The need to overcoming perceptions of ‘otherness’
  • The historic first day at Rawalpindi – despite the flatness of the pitch
  • The Shane Warne jolt at the end of day one of the first Test
  • Abdullah Shafique’s ability to shift gears against a quality attack
  • The Karachi Test – and Cummins and Starc paying homage to the two Ws
  • Khawaja resists, Babar enthralls, Rizwan adds the cherry to the cake
  • Mitchell Swepson’s debut and the match-sealing spell that wasn’t
  • The grandeur of Lahore – and memories of the terrorist attack in 2009
  • Umpire Ahsan Raza’s poetic moment
  • The Naseem Shah spell that kept Pakistan in the game
  • Is there anything Cummins can’t do?
  • Nathan Lyon seals the historic win
  • The importance of every team visiting Pakistan and normalising such tours


Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07)

Adam Collins (@collinsadam)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Ashoka (@ABVan)



So far yet so near – under Shafiq’s watch rises Abdullah – Bharat Sundaresan – Cricbuzz

The last night in Pakistan – Adam Collins and Geoff Lemon – The Final Word podcast

Ahsan Raza’s dream return to Lahore 13 years after bloody attack – Nic Savage – News.com.au

The menace and unfairness of Pat Cummins – Osman Samiuddin – ESPNcricinfo

Shaheen, Naseem and a partnership of devastation – Bharat Sundaresan – Cricbuzz

The final frontier – Adam Collins, Dan Brettig and Shannon Gill – The Greatest Season That Was Presents podcast

Shane Warne – magical, tireless, immortal – 81allout podcast


Lead image from here.

2 thoughts on “‘This is the country of hospitality’ – Australia tour to Pakistan review”

  1. i found the careless mention of stereotypes about kurla bursting crackers on pakistan’s victory by sundareson highly offensive!!!, does that mean we can air any and all stereotypes wherever we want?, do edit that part out, or you will lose a listener.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Bharat did not say that people in Kurla were actually bursting crackers. He said he had heard such stories when growing up. The point he was trying to make is the perception of Pakistan that he grew up with (which he also categorically states was wrong). It is an anecdote and not meant to malign anyone. Hope you understand.- Sidvee

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