Tangiers: Pakistan's cricket chiefs on Sunday offered Colombo and Sharjah as venues for the three-Test series against Australia in October.
Australia's refusal to tour Pakistan for security reasons prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to look for neutral venues for the keenly awaited Test series. According to a formal proposal sent to the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), Pakistan wants the first Test to be played in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from October 4 to 8. The teams then travel to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates for the remaining two Tests from October 13-17 and October 20-24. "We hope to get a positive response from Australia this week," Pakistani team officials said on the sidelines of the three- nation Morocco Cup. The Colombo Test will follow the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Champions Trophy Limited Overs tournament in the Sri Lankan capital in September. Even if both Australia and Pakistan reach the Champions Trophy final on September 29, they will have four days to prepare for the first Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club. A five-day gap has been proposed before the second Test to enable the teams, officials, media and television equipment to travel from Colombo to Sharjah. Sharjah, which has organised more One-day Internationals than any venue in the world, hosted its first Test series between Pakistan and the West Indies in February this year.
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