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Pakistan-Australia six-match T20 series approved

Brydon Coverdale

June 25, 2012

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Umar Gul successfully appeals for an lbw against Shane Watson, Pakistan v Australia, only Twenty20 international, Dubai, May 7, 2009
Australia and Pakistan could meet in the longest T20 series ever played between two sides © Associated Press

The ICC has approved a six-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Australia, which, if it goes ahead will be the longest bilateral T20 series ever staged by international sides. The decision has improved chances of the series being staged, most likely in the period between August 22 and September 10.

The PCB had deployed a four-man team, including officials from its finance and legal departments, to examine the possibility of staging a series in the UAE. It was originally keen to lock in a series of three T20s and three ODIs in August, but the extreme heat at that time of year raised serious concerns from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association.

The ICC has a rule limiting the number of matches in a bilateral T20 series to three, but countries can ask for special dispensation to hold a longer series in exceptional circumstances. The PCB's struggle to find a suitable venue for an ODI series in August prompted the proposal for a six-match T20 series.

"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 said in a statement. "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."

A PCB official told ESPNcricinfo: "The ICC's approval has made things easier for us. There were many issues apart from the weather but now we can move in one direction and will announce our decision shortly."

A Cricket Australia spokesman said on Monday afternoon CA was still waiting for further details of the series from the PCB. Paul Marsh, the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association, said the ICC's decision was sensible given the extreme heat that players would be forced to play in if 50-over games were scheduled, while T20s could start in relatively cooler conditions later at night.

"It's a good commonsense decision given the circumstances," Marsh told ESPNcricinfo. "It's not a perfect situation playing in the UAE at that time of year but we understand the limitations of not being able to play in Pakistan, so it's a good compromise given the circumstances."

A number of three-match T20 series have been held between international sides in the past, but never have four or more games been approved by the ICC.

The six games will provide an excellent opportunity for both sides to finalise their preparations for the ICC World T20, which takes place in Sri Lanka in September.

(Additional reporting by Umar Farooq in Lahore)

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Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (June 27, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

People asking for Asad Shafiq and Khalid Latif in the T20 squad? These two are blockers! In fact, Asad is a talented batsmen, but mostly considered for the Test format (ODI's, his a bit iffy). I would like Abdul Razzaq to be back in the squad again, but his bowling remains to be a concern. He lacks the venom in his bowling which he had back when he was younger, although, his batting is crucial in the lower order. Once again, I am persisting with the fact of Shahid Afridi opening the batting ONLY when Pak chases targets. Afridi could have been the same as Sehwag, Gayle and Watson if he opens. He can allow Pak batsmen to settle in much better, as Hafeez blocks out 5-8 overs and then holes out for another duck. My dream team for the T20's 1.) Imran Nazir 2.) Shahid Afridi (C) 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Mohammad Hafeez 7.) Abdul Razzaq/Hammad Azam 8.) Sohail Tanvir 9.) Yasir Arafat 10.) Umar Gul 11.) Saeed Ajmal

Posted by kristee on (June 27, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

More T20's and less ODI's. That looks good. If the former is nonsense, the latter too is. The former at least is less dull. The latter format has to be either phased out or rendered minimal.

Posted by bishkekrawalpindi on (June 26, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@Abdul Rehman shuv, Pakistan was never in a position to force anyone to do anything, A deal was struck between the 2 boards, the Bangladesh board could not hold up their end of the deal because of the circumstances we understand that, yet Pakistan has done nothing, the relations between the boards have not suffered at all, Pakistan is a weak board now, weaker then Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The weakest permanent member of icc

Posted by SwingReverse on (June 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

6 games is a good idea actually! Pakistan should take two teams and try out a rotation policy to give youngsters a chance. We have nothing to lose here, so let's try new talents

Posted by applethief on (June 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

I can't believe that things have got so dire for Pakistan that people here are calling for the return of Kamran Akmal. Come on guys, forget about his ability with the bat or his occasional performances behind the wicket - the guy doesn't have his heart in the Pakistan team, and for that reason alone, he should never be let back in the side. Just look at what he did last time they toured Aus, and how his woeful keeping has forced bowlers to change line and consequently ruined their performances. There is no place for Kamran in the side - I'd take a mediocre batsman like Sarfraz over him any time

Posted by applethief on (June 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

*sigh*... the "it's too hot" rationale isn't a good enough reason to bore us with 6 T20s. If anything, these sides should be made to play all 6 games over 2 days to get them out of the way with, and try out new players. "Preparation for the "WCT20" is no good either, every single match will be a wildcard, as T20Is inevitably are. What a wasted opportunity to try out a day/night test at a neutral venue.

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 26, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

isn't this gonna be a bit boring? 6 T20's at least they could have gotten a 3rd team to make it a triangular and a little bit more exiting.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Dream Team For T20 Series

1) Shahid Afridi 2) Imran Nazir 3) Ahmed Shahzad / Nasir Jamshaid 4) Mohammad Hafeez 5) Umar Akmal / Asad Shafiq 6) Abdul Razaq 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Hammad Azam 9) Sohail Tanvir 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (June 26, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Another nail in the coffin of Test Cricket.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (June 26, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

What's the fuss? It's the perfect practice before the T20 World Cup.

Posted by MasudRUETeee091040 on (June 26, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

We hope a great series in dubai.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

A 6 match T20 series. What depressing news. The Aussies once again leading the cricket world into the doldrums...

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (June 26, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

I agree, Sharjeel Khan should be given a chance.....

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

@Laly Gill - As the article mentioned, the weather is deemed to hot to stage the ODI's. Way too hot for a Test. (trust me, I live in Dubai) So a T20 can be held much later in the evening. However, I agree with other comments that 6 t20's is over kill. 4 maximum for me.

Posted by khurramsch on (June 26, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

good as after SL t20s it was clear that pak is not ready for t20 cup with new captain. they need to get selection right now its last chance.from sl series, khalid latif doesnt suit in, there was no batting allrounder medium pacer. a batting keeper 4 players)hafeez, afridi, ajmal,umar akmal

5- batting keeper: ( i would go for kamran now after seeing horror show from others) 6- 1 batting medium pace allrounder to fit in as 6th bowler( hammad or razak) 7- 1 opener ( nasir/ahmed/the 1 used vs england) 8-9 ) 2 seamers from gul/sami/cheema/junaid/sohail 10-11) 2 middle order batsman: Asad/shoaib malik/haris/any other good hitters

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 26, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

@getsetgopk : So, they wanna prepare for T20 WC and schedule a 6 match T20 series? It is all about only one factor - Money but from sports perspective, OVERKILL!

Posted by pkcricfan101 on (June 26, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

This is a good chance to try different combinations for a team for the world t20. I think it should be: 1)nasir jamshed 2)imran nazir 3)shoaib malik 4)umar akmal 5)hafeez (c) 6)kamran akmal (wk) 7)abdul razzaq 8)shahid afridi 9)sohail tanvir 10)umar gul 11)saed ajmal. Pak is in desperate need of a seaming all rounder who is consistent with bat and ball but for now abdul razzaq will have to do. Hammaad Azam looks promising but pak management dont seem to have confidence in his bowling because he doesnt get overs when he plays.

Posted by chachum on (June 26, 2012, 3:37 GMT)


Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (June 26, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Good decesion.. I hope selectors make sensible selection this time.. Time to bring kamran akmal, razzaq, rana naveed, nasir jamshed and imran nazir.. and give them a fair chance. current squad is was crap.

Posted by zenboomerang on (June 26, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

As an Aussie I'm glad about this for Pakistan - not that it is a home series, but at least they have been regularly playing in the UAE lately... Better than playing in a neutral top level cricket country... It should give both teams some time to experiment with whom are the best combinations to play for their countries before the WC... I have become tired of the 2 game T20's regularly played which is not a true competition - much prefer equal numbers of ODI's & T20's in Test tour series - 3/3 or 4/4...

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

This will be a good preparation for Pakistan for T20 world cup to have 6 T20 matches against an excellent team Australia.......Now please open up the eyes and give teh chance to the most awaited contracted player by Pakistan Cricket Board which is SHARJEEL KHAN. He deserves this chance as he is specialist in T20 matches and you all can go and check his performaces in T20 games........He made Pakistan proud by winning last Hong Kong Sixes in Hong Kong under the captaincy of Abul Razzak and team members were Umar Akmal, Sohail tanvir and others prominent players.............SHARJEEL KHAN is too good by Far and he is permenent member of contracted players since last two years and waiting for teh debut. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE A CHANCE TO SHARJEEL KHAN AS PAKISTAN TEAM THE OPENER LIKE SHARJEEL KHAN.....PLEASE CONSIDER IF ANYONE READING THIS FROM PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD. THANK YOU.

Posted by chachum on (June 26, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

i think pcb should try all the following in the australian series : 1)ahmad shehzad 2)nasir jamshed 3)imran nazir 4)kamran akmal 5)shahzeb hasan 6)khalid latif 7)shahid afridi 8)umar akmal 9)m.hafeez 10)shoab malik 11)saeed ajmal 12)umar gul 13)hammad azam 14)asad shafiq 15)yasir arafat and 16)sohail tanvir

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

6 t20's what happened to tests and odis

Posted by aryan-is-dravid-fan on (June 26, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

The precedent is being set for more such multi T20 series. This cant be good. Extreme heat for trained athletes?? How about either stop baby-ing the players circket Australia, or move the series to another time and place. ANd the timing of the 6 match series is curious too - with the World T20 coming up !!

Posted by touqeer777 on (June 26, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Plz Plz PCB change Hafeez as captain,he is not captain stuff at all.Make Malik or Afridi captain for T20.My T20 team is Ahmed shahzad,Imran nazir,umer akmal,Malik,Afridi,asad,kamran,razzaq,ajmal,hammad,gul,s tanvir,haris sohail,raza hassan,hafeez.If hafeez continue bat like he is doing now he will be out soon.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

Hello......Selection committee..wake up please.....enough is enough ...time to accept cruel fact that we did not find replacement of Kamran Akmal...so bring him back as opener/w-k, at least for T20 & ODI...even try him in test also...One hopes his bad patch is over.I would like to see Shoaib Malik as leader of T20 team. my team for series against Auslralia.....................1) Kamran Akmal...2) Imran Nazeer...3) Umar Akmal...4) Asad Shafiq...5) Shoaib Malik ...6) Abdul Razzaq....7) Shahid Afridi....8) Suhail Tanvir...9) Saeed Ajmal....10) Umal Gul....11) Hammad Azam....12) Mohammad Hafeez....13) Shahza Ahmad

Posted by Nhoj_Moriarty on (June 25, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

The six match T20 series makes sense given the circumstances. The ODI's would have started, by all accounts, in extreme heat, and finished after midnight local time. Hopefully, there will be decent attendances at the matches.

Both teams may need to take two sets of bowlers and play them alternatively.

Posted by amitpat79 on (June 25, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

That's not a good news for test cricket lover . look like it's near end just have one or two t20 international games per tour

Posted by ananto1234 on (June 25, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Pakistan will lost the series 6-nill

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

atleast bring back nazir now, pakistan cant win without him

Posted by avmd on (June 25, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

If we have to play only t20, bring back Kamrn Akmal ( I could not imagine I'm saying that, I was happy when he was dropped ), as we don't have his replacemnt yet. Keep Adnan for tests and Kamran for ODI and t20. Drop Sarfaraz for ever. Let Hazeef bat at # 6, he is too good a bowler to be dropped. Give Shehzad and Jamshed a long run as openers. Here's my starting 11. Shezad, Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, shoaib Malik, Hafeez,Afridi,Sohail, Ajmal, Gul, Junaid. Don't try the players who are of no use anymore like Imran Nazir,Razzaq or Sami.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

huh... Why dont PCB atleast OFFER Australia to play in PAK rather than in UAE just like they almost FORCED Bangladesh to the unsafe region....where is the PUNCH line= "PAKISTAN is a SAFE country to visit now" ???!!!! cant hear it anymore !!

Posted by Udendra on (June 25, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Oh no! its way too much!!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 25, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

This is the beginning of the end. Test cricket and ODI's goose is in the oven and cooking. A once great game gets less by the minute.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

6 T20. Rubbish. Cricket is being destroyed. Is it the English who started it?

Posted by bishkekrawalpindi on (June 25, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

i cannot understand why there are so many negative comments here, it should be great to watch, if 7 match one day series can still be exciting, then a similar number of t20s should be exciting too, i cant understand how playing more matches in a certain format can bring about the death of that format. people still love odis barring a few , they still love tests and they will keep loving t20s as well

Posted by shazada1 on (June 25, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

@Sohail Zafar Typical thinking like PCB seletion comitte, get rid of someone after 2 games and bring someone else and keep going around in circles so problem never gets solved.

Do you have any better in mind. Afridi can't be captain anymore as he took his own retirement and stupidly gave away everything. There is no one else good enough to lead.

Dont judge anyone over 2 matches, give the guy some chance if he doesnt perform after 10 matches or so then is the time to consider replacement.

Pakistan need to bring back KAMRAN AKMAL--he was the best opener with hafeez in last few years and they almost always had opening partnership of 50-70 before losing a wicket whether in 20:20 or one day.

Posted by MasudRUETeee091040 on (June 25, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Hope this T-20 series will give us much joy.We will see the amazing sides of cricket in Abu-Dhabi.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

A reasonable decision by the ICC (although typically not like them) to allow for these. However, they are going back on their word of restoring ODI's (by limiting T20's)...dont know how this will impact it (although its quite obvious it will be a negative impact). Player talk about burnout...limit the series then, right?

Posted by Selassie-I on (June 25, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Do australia play tests any more? or do they just want to play the short formats now where their shortcomings won't be exposed so easily.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

T20i is such a rubbish! a mockery of the true art!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@Rajiv Radhakrishnan the only 'meaningless' event in cricket is the IPL. This series actually makes for good practice for both teams before the World T20.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Seeing Pak and Aus in Uae after a long time :P

Posted by zuber21886 on (June 25, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

why just these two teams, other teams should get this chance too

Posted by PakiPassion on (June 25, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

@rajiv nobody is asking u to take time out for This series.. Am certainly going to Enjoy EVERY MINUTE of it. C'moooooon Pakistan time to roast some kangaroos

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Dont worry guys cricket will remain the cricket if T20,50 or 5days.Enjoy every format... Long live Pakistan

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

What happened to ICC's promise and commitment about max 3 t20 matches per countries per year just to save ODI's.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 25, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

@satish619chandar: the answer you seek is in the article but you have to read it!

Posted by AngryAngy on (June 25, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

6 sounds like a bit much but it is a long time coming. It's still way less overkill than a 7 match ODI series.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Hafeez should not be the captain of Pakistan in World Twenty20......otherwise the results will be same as we have seen in the first Test......He has no leadership quality....

Posted by TATTUs on (June 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Learn from ICC. What not to do!

Why not make it 10 T20s? Why not play T20s continuously 3 per day. Play the T20s that would be played for next 20 years in one year and so on. SAAAAD!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

boom boom will rock in this series..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

good for both teams ! before 20/20 wc

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Waste of time! Another meaningless event!

Posted by Stark62 on (June 25, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Let's hope, that Afridi is picked as the captain and Kamran is picked as the wicket keeper for T20's and only T20's!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Great! awesome I think its a great idea to play 6 t20s bcz one days are boring....

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

funny, T20 series! ICC itself killing cricket!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 25, 2012, 12:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Bring Imran Nazir and Abdur Razzak to the Squad to make the difference between the team and I think Hafeez is not capable of captaincy, Afridi is much better choice for T20, Hafeez recent record is really pathetic, I think he should not even in the playing eleven, rest him for few matches, make competition then see the result.

Posted by Qosmio on (June 25, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

The ICC has approved a six-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Australia, which, if it goes ahead will be the longest bilateral T20 series ever staged by international sides. The decision has improved chances of the series being staged, most likely in the period between August 22 and September 10.

The PCB had deployed a four-man team, including officials from its finance and legal departments, to examine the possibility of staging a series in the UAE. It was originally keen to lock in a series of three T20s and three ODIs in August, but the extreme heat at that time of year raised serious concerns from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association.

The ICC has a rule limiting the number of matches in a bilateral T20 series to three, but countries can ask for special dispensation to hold a longer series in exceptional circumstances. The PCB's struggle to find a suitable venue for an ODI series in August prompted the proposal for a six-match T20 series.

Posted by mjrvasu on (June 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Excellent move, to play 6 matches in the scorching heat of the UAE in Aug-Sept. Pakistan and Australia will find their players burnt out before the World T-20 in Sri Lanka. Now it will be between South Africa (if they don't choke), Sri Lanka, West Indies and India. England will be less of a force without KP.

Posted by doctornikki on (June 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

great for pak and australia to prepare for world cup

Posted by SmackersXI on (June 25, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Gr8888..Could see another whitewash by the Aussies...Pak has nw bcom the team to throw away watches..those were the days during Wasim & Inzy where they use to turn the table now its the other way round....;)

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Undr the circumstances,great decisin by administratn 4rm al 3 sides,wel 4 t20 wc,we need kamran,imran,nasir,and malik z already there,so pak would b hot favorite to lift ths trophy,my predictd teams 4 final,pak vs sl,for aus vs pak upcmng series,it would b a treat to watch bt it should nt be made permanent 4 future

Posted by K-ABBAS on (June 25, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Not a big fan of T20 but looking at T20 WC it will be good preparation for and also Pakistan can experiment with more young players.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Why can't they make an exception to start ODIs at 8pm?

Posted by Tufey_Fatos on (June 25, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

It will be great to watch both teams playing 6 t20s@both teams will get good match practice before WCt20!

Posted by DataQue on (June 25, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Love it... And Afridi will rock in this series!!!!

Posted by yoohoo on (June 25, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

@Mayan Priyadarshana - Don't worry I don't think there is any danger of either india or SL making it to the finals in the next ODI WC in Australia!! :)

Posted by Winsome on (June 25, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

I can understand why they can't play ODI's but it's such a shame. The last time they played a series in the UAE it was a beauty and it's a far bigger test for the Aussie batsmen to play spin in ODI's than in T20s. I hope this doesn't encourage other tour schedules to include a ludicrous amount of T20s.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 25, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

I don't like the idea of a 6 match T20 series. But then these are exceptional circumstances regarding Pakistan. I hope this is just a one off.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

My due respects to Abdul Rehman Bhukatir the master behind Cricket bringing to Gulf & that to in Sharjha in 1986. Pl give more importance to test matches which is dying. Use T20 a platfrom. In UAE July Aug & Sept it's peak summer. T20 is just fun test matches are the real strength for the batsmen. Insted of having 6 T20s 1 Test, 3 ODIS, 3T20s in my opinoin. A suggestion all test playing nations to develop the non test playing nations by sending their best players as coaches in the interest of the game & also play matches not only in UAE & also in other non test playing nations like Singapore, Malayasia, Hogkong etc.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Yahooo.... Thats Great.... Hafeez has a good chance to prove that he is a Real Professor of Pakistan Cricket.....!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Pakistan need to find better batsmen if they are to win T20 World cup, with this batting lineup they have no chance.

Posted by Adamgilchrist34 on (June 25, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

this is terrible Lee is going to smash it

Posted by Abdurrazaaq on (June 25, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Will be great practice for the upcoming T20 world cup, both good teams and conditions will be similar to that of Srilanka

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Thats a great oppurtunity for both sides before T20 WC.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (June 25, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

The beginning of the end for T20s?

Posted by raj1973 on (June 25, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Too hot in the UAE is August? Gives me great confidence for the Football World Cup in Qatar.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (June 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

this gonna be super exciting.. go team green !

Posted by Wacky_Cric_Lover on (June 25, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

This is crazy stuff however it will be help both teams to prepare for T20 WC. On the other hand I feel that it would be a bit unfair to the other teams because they will not have such kind of practice. In my opinion, in future, ICC should arrange such series for all countries just before the T20 WC based on their rankings. For example, Team ranked 1 should play with team ranked 2 and so on.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Looks like ODI's and Tests are getting rarer these days.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 25, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Excellent growth of cricket.. Now, come the brand of fans who love test cricket and maintained that Aussies were emphasizing the tests more than T20 always..

Posted by khurramsch on (June 25, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

thats great. not because of heat or any thing. after sl t20 series. to me pakistan & new captain not ready for t20 cup & 6 matches in a row will prepare pak as well as aus for t20 cup.

Posted by 512fm on (June 25, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I'm sorry but this makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever, if its too hot to be playing the ODIs they shouldn't play there at all they should just delay the tour. But no the best idea they can come up with is to double the amount of T20s. ODI cricket has been killed because of excess meaningless matches and now unfortunately the same seems to be happening to T20 (which we are already seeing at the domestic level).

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

good to have this series but will PCB will take advantage out of this series is a big ???????????

Guys like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad must be in opening slot and

Razzaq , Azhar Mehmood , Rana Naveed , Yasir Arfat , Hammad Azam who are playing in different other countries why not for Pakistan

By adding these guys we will have the strongest t20 team... Woke up PCB ..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Sign of times to come !! Meaningless ODIs being replaced by meaningless T20s !!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Fair enough, but why 6? Surely there should always be an odd number of games. Especially with T20 where a result is pretty much a given. 3-3 would be such an anti-climax!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

very good decision, it will help them for preparations for t20 world cup

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

wow ind v sl should do the same, that would be awesome and bye bye ODI's, btw i still need the 50 over world cup b coz we have a revenge to take :|

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Thank You ! ICC, PCB gone launched new face of T20 Cricket

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

HOPefully PAk wll win IN uae

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