Pak­istan to host OZ ODI matches in the UAE

The Free Press Journal - - SPORTS -

Pak­istan cricket au­thor­i­ties were forced to sched­ule all five one-day in­ter­na­tion­als against Aus­tralia in the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) af­ter the Aussies re­fused to visit the Asian coun­try over se­cu­rity fears.

Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) had in­vited Aus­tralia to play two of the five one­day in­ter­na­tion­als in Pak­istan to fur­ther their at­tempts to re­vive in­ter­na­tional cricket at home, sus­pended since at­tacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Since then Pak­istan have hosted fi­nals of Pak­istan Su­per League for the last two years and played matches against a World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

A West Indies women's team played three Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als in Karachi from Jan­uary 31-Fe­bru­ary 3 this year.

But Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) acted on their govern­ment's ad­vise not to tour Pak­istan where no Aus­tralian se­nior team has played since 1998 over se­cu­rity fears.

PCB di­rec­tor Zakir Khan showed dis­ap­point­ment over Aus­tralia's re­fusal to tour.

"The PCB was op­ti­mistic that it will be able to con­vince Aus­tralia to send its side for some matches af­ter suc­cess­fully stag­ing high­pro­file bi­lat­eral in­ter­na­tional series," said Khan.

"But we are dis­ap­pointed for the en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate cricket fans in Pak­istan who will now have to wait for some more time be­fore they can see Aus­tralia play­ing in our coun­try."

The five-match series will kick off both team's prepa­ra­tion for the World Cup to be held in Eng­land from May 30-July 14. Shar­jah will host the first two matches on March 22 and 24 fol­lowed by matches in Abu Dhabi (March 27) and Dubai (March 29 and 31).

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