Australia news June 13, 2012

Australia open to more T20s in Pakistan series

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Australia and Pakistan could ask the ICC for permission to stage the longest bilateral Twenty20 international series ever played later this year. The two countries are due to meet for a series of five ODIs and three T20s in August, but finding a suitable venue has proven difficult for Pakistan, especially given the extreme heat in the UAE at that time of year.

Malaysia is being considered as another potential venue but if the UAE is chosen, the major problem would be starting a 50-over contest in the blistering afternoon sunshine. A solution could be to abandon or reduce the ODI portion of the tour and expand the T20 schedule, which would allow games to start later at night and would also provide both sides with valuable extra preparation ahead of September's ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

The PCB is believed to have suggested a seven-match T20 series, which has been rejected by the ICC, but a five-game series could yet be proposed. The ICC has capped the amount of matches allowed in a bilateral T20 series at three, and while no international series of more games has ever been staged, national boards are permitted to put forward proposals for longer tours if there are special circumstances.

The ICC has already increased the number of T20s a country may play in a World Twenty20 year from 12 to 15, to allow better preparation for the tournament. But an individual series of more than three games would still need ICC approval, and Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said it was a potential option for the PCB and Cricket Australia to explore for the August series.

"Pakistan have had some issues with determining a venue for the series," Sutherland said. "Part of that perhaps relates to weather issues and challenges with heat if it happens to be played in the UAE. It makes sense as a follow-up to that, if the matches are played there, in order to avoid the heat you reduce the number of one-day internationals you play, and you play Twenty20s [instead].

"We haven't had any formal discussions about that but at some stage it may well be that we need to talk to the ICC about that. There is good reason why the ICC has decided that only a limited number of Twenty20 matches can be played in one particular series. But in the first instance it's up to Pakistan to determine the format of the series that they think is going to work out. They need a venue first. It may well be we then put a formal proposition to the ICC that in exceptional circumstances it might be an option that they look favourably on."

The ICC's outgoing chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who was in Melbourne to present Sutherland and Cricket Australia with the ICC ODI shield, would not be drawn on the potential for a long T20 series between Australia and Pakistan. He said the ICC had already provided scope for countries to squeeze more T20s in this year, though not necessarily through longer series.

"In a World Twenty20 we have already agreed to extend the 12 maximum to 15," Lorgat said. "So in this particular year, any member can play 15 T20 internationals."

Australia have played only four T20s this year and their upcoming tour of England consists only of one-day internationals. Pakistan have so far played five T20s in 2012, and they have no more on their schedule besides the Australia series. Australia's T20 captain, George Bailey, said the more matches his side could play together the better, given the extensive changes to Australia's short-format side in the past year.

"It would certainly be nice to play a couple, if nothing else to settle a team and to really settle on a line-up," Bailey said. "I've got no doubt that whether they're scheduled or not, once we get over to Sri Lanka and prepare, the preparation will be fine."

Sri Lanka had originally been the likely venue for the Pakistan-Australia series but they withdrew their invitation to host the teams when it became apparent the Sri Lanka Premier League would take place at the same time. Intikhab Alam, the PCB's director for international operations, has travelled to Kuala Lumpur and the UAE in the past two weeks to assess potential venues for the series.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Potatis on June 14, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    They can play as many T20's as they like, I won't be watching any of them.

  • Just_love_it on June 14, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    WOW Y dont they invite 3rd team as well and make it like CB series ...15 league matches and then BEST OF 3 FINALES !!! .......GIVE US A BREAK ..5 T-20 SERIES !! EVEN 3 T-20 R SIMPLY TOO MANY....

  • on June 14, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Please not another overdose of T20s. We have plenty of leagues for T20 enthusiasts. I agree with ICC's stance of restricting the number of T20s a team can play. It's the shortest format of the game that is digestable in short bursts. Please keep it that way. I'm still not convinced it should be part of bilateral series. Any ways, for this Pak-Aus series I would suggest 3 ODIs and 3 T20s. And even the ODIs can be started late (say around 4pm) to beat the heat.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - true, but ASSUMING the ICC are smart enough to state that the series is allowed under the EXCEPTIONAL circumstance of Pakistan not being able to find a venue AND the series is almost on the eve of a T20 W/Cup, the precedent would come with many qualifiers. It may lead to scheduled T20 series in the month leading up to a T20 W/Cup, which I wouldn't think is a bad thing. @borhans - I agree, a short format tour with no Tests is pointless (IMO), however, if it is just prior to a Short Form W/Cup, I think it's OK.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 13, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    I'll be honest. In the ongoing Pak/SL series, I didn't pay attention to the T20 series, but was thoroughly engrossed in the ODI series. If this is ONLY a way to prepare for the upcoming T20 WC, then its fine. But if this is a sinister plot to extend all T20 Series to 5 games +, I am totally against it

  • johnathonjosephs on June 13, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Please tell me this is a joke.....

  • Mervo on June 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Why continue with this boring form of the game? There is already saturation.

  • on June 13, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    5 chances to see Hafeez get out in the first over.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on June 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    ODI's RULE.... T20s SUCK !!!!!

  • borhans on June 13, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Its a shame that one team will tour other country just for T20 .Why not pak ask for holding 5 T20 in 2 day tour .Yes that is possible cz T20 doesn't really need anything more than that .The way teams are going for T20 its like they don't want to do any extra work for test or odi .ICC should start arranging at least 2 T20 in a day cz wasting a whole day for a T20 is not something will do any good to cricket .

  • Potatis on June 14, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    They can play as many T20's as they like, I won't be watching any of them.

  • Just_love_it on June 14, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    WOW Y dont they invite 3rd team as well and make it like CB series ...15 league matches and then BEST OF 3 FINALES !!! .......GIVE US A BREAK ..5 T-20 SERIES !! EVEN 3 T-20 R SIMPLY TOO MANY....

  • on June 14, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Please not another overdose of T20s. We have plenty of leagues for T20 enthusiasts. I agree with ICC's stance of restricting the number of T20s a team can play. It's the shortest format of the game that is digestable in short bursts. Please keep it that way. I'm still not convinced it should be part of bilateral series. Any ways, for this Pak-Aus series I would suggest 3 ODIs and 3 T20s. And even the ODIs can be started late (say around 4pm) to beat the heat.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - true, but ASSUMING the ICC are smart enough to state that the series is allowed under the EXCEPTIONAL circumstance of Pakistan not being able to find a venue AND the series is almost on the eve of a T20 W/Cup, the precedent would come with many qualifiers. It may lead to scheduled T20 series in the month leading up to a T20 W/Cup, which I wouldn't think is a bad thing. @borhans - I agree, a short format tour with no Tests is pointless (IMO), however, if it is just prior to a Short Form W/Cup, I think it's OK.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 13, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    I'll be honest. In the ongoing Pak/SL series, I didn't pay attention to the T20 series, but was thoroughly engrossed in the ODI series. If this is ONLY a way to prepare for the upcoming T20 WC, then its fine. But if this is a sinister plot to extend all T20 Series to 5 games +, I am totally against it

  • johnathonjosephs on June 13, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Please tell me this is a joke.....

  • Mervo on June 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Why continue with this boring form of the game? There is already saturation.

  • on June 13, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    5 chances to see Hafeez get out in the first over.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on June 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    ODI's RULE.... T20s SUCK !!!!!

  • borhans on June 13, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Its a shame that one team will tour other country just for T20 .Why not pak ask for holding 5 T20 in 2 day tour .Yes that is possible cz T20 doesn't really need anything more than that .The way teams are going for T20 its like they don't want to do any extra work for test or odi .ICC should start arranging at least 2 T20 in a day cz wasting a whole day for a T20 is not something will do any good to cricket .

  • Noball_Specialist on June 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    ICC should agree as long as Pakistan always bat first. Therefore allowing the game to be as short as possible.

  • asish707 on June 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I think this is better idea lets see how will be success.

  • on June 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    well series are still live chances pakistan versus australia very importanat series bith of the playing side pcb effort the series are fully hosted

  • on June 13, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    i think they can play 2 series one at dhaka of 3 match and second of 4 match at uae or a tri tournament with best of 3 final and 2 round matches hummmmmmmm.

  • getsetgopk on June 13, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    T20 is junk, stick to ODI's if possible, if not 5 T20's are more than enough.

  • on June 13, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    cuttack is the best venue and i guarantee full house for all matches

  • wiseshah on June 13, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    possible venue sharjah or dhaka or chittagong, which suits pakistan more and big fan base

  • Heisenburg on June 13, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Excellent idea! Australia another useless 5 ODI series against Pakistan after the useless England one would be complete overkill! Good to prepare for the world cup, 5 games would be plenty to get the perfect squad.

  • on June 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    In UAE 5 T20 ? pooooor pitches.. its just not worth it..

  • on June 13, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Why can't Australia host this series as a top end tour (Darwin/cairns) - Better than it being in Malaysia.....

  • venkatesh018 on June 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Please don't go overboard with international T20s and kill it like bilateral ODIs.

  • avmd on June 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    No way, find some suitable venue and play ODIs and couple of t20s. 2 or 3 T20s are enough for WC prep but ODI is the real competition short of test cricket. Don't kill ODIs, I love it.

  • on June 13, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    It will be good to see both the sides in more than three T20Is..

  • on June 13, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I don't get it just play 50 over Cricket which is equivalent to like 10 T20s anyway.

  • 1st_april on June 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    5 T20s is a good idea....anything is better than the atrocious 50 over version games

  • Gizza on June 13, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    This is pretty interesting. Everyone talks about a 5 or 7 match ODI series being boring especially if it is one-sided. This may be the first ever in history that a 5 match T20 series will be played. Will five 20-over games with the same teams playing each other get boring? Will the crowds and TV ratings drop off or stay steady or even increase as the series goes on? Let's wait and see...

  • thesau on June 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    7 MATCH t20 SERIES ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa lolz I can't control laughing

  • popcorn on June 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Why not Darwin and Cairns?

  • AmjadZork on June 13, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Thats not bad ......................

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    I can understand this move under the circumstances but unfortunately it would set a precedent.

  • me54321 on June 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Possibly the first step in T20 overkill. People have become sick of ODIs partly because of stupidly long and insignificant series, and I won't be surprised if the same happens to the even more one dimensional form of the game.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    It makes sense. Playing ODIs so close to a T20 W/cup is pointless. This would be reasonably good preparation for BOTH sides. The ICC should allow this as a special one off.

  • dwblurb on June 13, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Oh gawd, I was looking forward to that series. Won't be bothering with 5 courses of junk food if they go in that direction.

    Play the ODI series in KL.

  • Stark62 on June 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    It only makes sense!

    With the T20 WC just around the corner, this would be a great way to prepare for the WC and people love watching T20.

  • eyballfallenout on June 13, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    thats about 5 more than they should play

  • AbhijeetC on June 13, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Wow..this is how it should be.....play higher number of T20s....and play 1 or 2 ODIs,.....make the ODIs extinct and strategically allow only World cup after 4 years....that's it.....you will have more time in FTP....and ICC can able promote the game outside test playing nations.....

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  • AbhijeetC on June 13, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Wow..this is how it should be.....play higher number of T20s....and play 1 or 2 ODIs,.....make the ODIs extinct and strategically allow only World cup after 4 years....that's it.....you will have more time in FTP....and ICC can able promote the game outside test playing nations.....

  • eyballfallenout on June 13, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    thats about 5 more than they should play

  • Stark62 on June 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    It only makes sense!

    With the T20 WC just around the corner, this would be a great way to prepare for the WC and people love watching T20.

  • dwblurb on June 13, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Oh gawd, I was looking forward to that series. Won't be bothering with 5 courses of junk food if they go in that direction.

    Play the ODI series in KL.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    It makes sense. Playing ODIs so close to a T20 W/cup is pointless. This would be reasonably good preparation for BOTH sides. The ICC should allow this as a special one off.

  • me54321 on June 13, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Possibly the first step in T20 overkill. People have become sick of ODIs partly because of stupidly long and insignificant series, and I won't be surprised if the same happens to the even more one dimensional form of the game.

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    I can understand this move under the circumstances but unfortunately it would set a precedent.

  • AmjadZork on June 13, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Thats not bad ......................

  • popcorn on June 13, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Why not Darwin and Cairns?

  • thesau on June 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    7 MATCH t20 SERIES ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa lolz I can't control laughing