PCB announces itinerary for ‘home’ series versus Australia

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced the final itinerary for its ‘home’ series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates in October.

A PCB official said that the series had been finalised after consultations with Cricket Australia who have agreed to play in the UAE.

“We have no option right now but to host our home series at neutral venues and the UAE is the most cost effective for us,” the official stated.

No Test team has visited Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in which six policemen and a van driver were killed and some of the visiting players wounded.

The official said that apart from Australia the PCB will also be hosting the New Zealand and Zimbabwe teams for a Test and one-day series each in the UAE before the World Cup in 2015.

The series against Australia includes two Tests, three one-day internationals and a T20 match.

Australia will also play a four-day tour match against the Pakistan A side in Sharjah during the series from October 13 onwards.

The series starts with a T20 match in Dubai and will be followed by the ODIs and Test matches.

Australia has not played in Pakistan since 1998.

SERIES ITINERARY: Oct 3- T20 international in Dubai Oct 5- 1st ODI in Abu Dhabi Oct 8- 2nd ODI in Sharjah Oct 10- 3rd ODI in Dubai Oct 20-24- 1st Test in Dubai Oct 28 to Nov 1- 2nd Test in Abu Dhabi.