Pak to play ''home'' series against SL, Eng in UAE

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Pakistan to play SL, Eng in UAE

Karachi, Jun 21: With no country willing to tour the country due to security reasons, Pakistan has decided to host its ''home series'' against Sri Lanka and England in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in United Arab Emirates.

The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed the venues in the UAE after considering various options, including at Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

"The series against Sri Lanka and England will be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai," PCB director operations Zakir Khan said.

"We had considered a number of options for both the series but decided on UAE for all matches in both series," he said.

Pakistan will play three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in October-November. The itinerary for the England series is yet to be finalised but is likely to feature three Tests, five ODIs and one or two Twenty20 games in January-February next year.

The UAE is turning out to be Pakistan''s favourite place to host its "home matches". The country has hosted Pakistan's limited-overs commitments over the past three years. Last October, a full series of Pakistan against South Africa was held in the UAE.

Afghanistan, who played against Pakistan ''A'' in May this year, were the first international team to tour Pakistan since March 2009, when the touring Sri Lanka team were shot by terrorists in Lahore.

That attack and the growing violence in Pakistan brought an end to international cricket in the country, taking away the 2011 World Cup in the process.


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