Pak likely to lose Eng as a neutral venue

Published: Monday, September 13, 2010, 14:00 [IST]
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England likely to shut doors for Pak

Pakistan may no longer get a chance to host its matches in England as a neutral venue after the recent sport-fixing scam which rocked the whole cricketing world.

ICC is expected to tell Pakistan that they will not be returning to England next season, as a result of allegations of spot-fixing controversy.

"After the spot-fixing crisis of the last fortnight, Pakistan are believed to have been written out of the script and fixture schedule for the 2011 season," Daily Telegraph reported.

England had planned to serve as Pakistan's second home till the security scenario improved in the troubled nation, which has not hosted any international cricket since the 2009 Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lankan team.

The ECB had also thought of an idea of having an ODI series between India and Pakistan but decided to host a one-dayer between Pakistan and Sri Lanka as an alternative after failing to make a headway in its original plan.

The Pakistan-Australia Test series held this summer was intended to be the first of several neutral series.

"But such a cloud has descended on Pakistan that, according to a ECB official, 'nobody is thinking about that one any more'," the newspaper reported.

Pakistan will play a Test and one-day series against South Africa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, starting in late October, and in New Zealand after Christmas.

But once these series are over and the 2011 World Cup is also out of the way, Pakistan will have no choice besides Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to play against.


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