Kuala Lumpur, Jun 25: For the first time, International Cricket Council has given the nod for hosting a six-match Twenty20 International series between Pakistan and Australia in August in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
At the ICC Chief Executives' meeting here in Kuala Lumpur, the decision with regard to hosting six T20Is was approved by the Chief Executives, an ICC statement said on Monday.
Due to extreme heat conditions prevailing in UAE, there were concerns raised by Cricket Australia (CA) and Australian Cricketers' Association.
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had sought the permission of ICC to play six T20Is.
"The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) requested support for the flexibility to stage a six-match Twenty20 International series against Australia potentially in the United Arab Emirates in August," the ICC statement said.
It added: "This request required a special dispensation from the CEC and then the ICC Board as the current regulation permits only three T20I in a series. Because of the extreme daytime heat in the UAE at that time of the year, the CEC raised no objections to the principle of a six-match T20I series replacing the scheduled series of three ODIs and three T20Is should the PCB elect to make that switch."
Pakistan are currently involved in a Test series against Sri Lanka. The first Test is being played in Galle. Australia are in England for a ODI series.
The ICC Chief Executives' Meeting is part of the ICC Annual Conference week which this year is being held in Kuala Lumpur.
The ICC CEC recommendations now go forward to the ICC Board for consideration. The ICC Board will meet on June 26 and 27.
The CEC comprises the Chief Executives of the 10 Full Member nations as well as three Associate Member representatives. Also present is the ICC Chief Executive who chairs the meeting and, by invitation, the ICC President and the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.