Pakistan v Australia 2012

Three-ODI, three-T20 Pakistan-Australia series confirmed

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 5, 2012

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Mitchell Johnson was caught behind for a duck as Australia struggled, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 19, 2011
The ODIs will begin at 6pm local time to avoid the worst of the daytime heat © Getty Images

Pakistan and Australia will play three Twenty20s and three ODIs in the UAE in in August and September, it has been confirmed. The matches will begin in the late evening to avoid the worst of the daytime heat.

The ODIs played between August 28 and September 3 will begin at 6pm local time, and end at 1.45am the following morning. The Twenty20s that follow are set to begin at 8pm and end at 11.

The average daytime temperature in the UAE in August-September is 38-40C, while the average nighttime temperature is 26-29C.

There had been much debate over the actual make-up of the series, which is a 'home' series for Pakistan. The Australian Cricketers' Association had expressed its concerns about playing ODIs in such hot weather. This had prompted the series to be changed to a six-match Twenty20 affair, which was approved by the ICC in June.

The PCB had however then approached Cricket Australia during the ICC's annual conference in Kuala Lumpur in the last week of June, putting forward a request to review the composition of the series once again. ESPNcricinfo understands that the series' broadcaster had objected to six Twenty20s for commercial reasons. The Australian board reportedly agreed in principle to the PCB's proposal, but would not sign off on the deal until it had discussed it with its players.

The series was initially scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka but Pakistan were forced to search for an alternate venue after Sri Lanka backed out of hosting it in May. The inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League is to be played in August, and clashed with the dates of the proposed Pakistan-Australia series, prompting Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to withdraw as hosts.

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Posted by WildAmigo on (July 7, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

In UAE Matches have been played in more tougher conditions earlier than it is for now.. What so fuss about it now.. Especially more negative comments from Indians about it rather than Aussies.. May be the current players are much more careful about their fairness rather than the game itself Or the previous players are much more tougher than these league freaks.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

40 C hmmm, if pakitani can plan in SL, then Aussies can play in UAE too....

Posted by siriherath on (July 6, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Cricket originated as an excuse to enjoy the warm summer sunshine. The spectators of which sat in the shade of trees surrounding the ground. But to play cricket in the desert, be it day or night, one must surely be a......right lunatic!

Posted by ahamed_sharif on (July 6, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Australians will beat pakistanis red and blue. Why did the pakistanis agreed for this series.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

The pakistani players wont get much time to practice bcz THERE IS RAMAZAN in july and then comes EID UL FITR...

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Who will watch cricket at 2:45 am at night in Pakistan itself, let alone other countries like India, Bangladesh? In Bangladesh, we can watch the game during the time of Sehri the next day.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

@AbhijeetC, I think it was 6 T20 instead of 3 T20 and 3 ODI. So the total matches would have remained the same.

Besides I don't think PCB is greedy, they have suffered so much losses because of the lack of international matches in Pakistan but still they continue to cooperate with the cricket community on everything.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Being a Pakistan cricket fan, I'm very thankful to Australian Cricket Board for their positive response. Because in such hot conditions they could have easily deny the request of Pak cricket board. I'll say that Australian's are professional cricketers and they did very well to respond in a positive way.


Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

I lived in Abu Dhabi for 35 years - Aug/Sep is DEFINITELY not ideal for cricket no matter what time of the day you play...its a lot hotter than 26-29 degrees in the pm hours and the humidity is BAD !

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (July 5, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

@Abhijeet: The ICC gave Pakistan special dispensation to play 6 T20's IF needed, due to special factors of heat etc. The PCB rejected that idea and went with 3 ODIs and 3 T20s. Much better.

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