Australia's Maxwell may miss Pakistan tour for long-delayed wedding

Maxwell and pharmacist Vini Raman were engaged in March 2020 but have had to reschedule their wedding several times due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

FILE PHOTO: Maxwell said it was great that Australia has a tour in Pakistan for the first time since 1998 but his availability would be subject to his fiancee who has already moved the wedding a couple of times due to COVID-19 restrictions.   -  REUTERS

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell is uncertain whether he will make Australia's tour of Pakistan in March-April as he and his fiancee plan to have their long-delayed wedding at that time.

Maxwell and pharmacist Vini Raman were engaged in March 2020 but have had to reschedule their wedding several times due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

The 33-year-old would be among the first picked for Australia's limited overs matches against Pakistan between March 29-April 5, which follow a three-match Test series in the South Asian nation.

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"I think it’s great that we’ve got a tour to go back there. I think I saw it was 1998 the last time we went there," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"Whether I’m going there or not might probably hinge on my fiancee because my wedding is supposed to be on during that time. So I’m probably not quite the right person to ask that question."

Asked whether his fiancee might consider moving the wedding again, Maxwell said, "Not a chance. We've already moved it a couple of times so I think this is it."

Australia meets Pakistan in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai on Thursday as it bids for its first title in the global tournament.

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While he had been in top form during the Indian Premier League (IPL), Maxwell has not had the kind of destructive innings with the bat in the World Cup that Australian fans would have craved.

He was, however, starved for chances in the last two matches, finishing unbeaten without scoring in both the wins against Bangladesh and West Indies.

"I'm not sure if you've noticed but I've got two not outs back-to-back which is pretty rare in my career," he said with a laugh.

"It means the top order is going really well if I'm not spending that much time out there. I've been in a really good head-space so hopefully (I'm) not required again or hopefully required for another zero not out and just stay at the other end," he added.

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