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
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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.

THANKS AUSIS......

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.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

This series should be termed as "ONE NIGHT International" instead of One Day... :P :)

Posted by AbhijeetC on (July 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

greedy PCB...wanted 6 T20 + ODIs as well.....lol

Posted by Ahsan72 on (July 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Thats a goods news....i think it will help both teams to show patience against strong UAE heat...saeed ajmal and kamran akmal will be the key players for PAK....

Posted by Omarrz on (July 5, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

and end at 1.45am the "following morning".

I thought it was a "One-Day" International.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

I swear this series clashes with the month of Ramadan?

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (July 5, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Its good to see a proper series. Atleast it doesnt rain there. Thanks to Aussuies. And good luck to pakistan. If pakistan makes a right team selection, this series is going to be a cracker.

Posted by visha_pb on (July 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

I don't know from where they get this temperature levels. I am living in this GULF nearly 9 years now. AUG & SEP is the most worst time for this region. VERY HOT & HUMID. Between 40 - 50 Celsius. Some times more. No difference in the Night. Even 5 O'clock in the morning you can take HOT BATH without using Water Heater. If there is no AC ' s People will die. So........ I hope we can see cricket matches like never before. You guys will understand how bad this idea is, if you will really watch these matches.

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 5, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Would ponting be part of the quad or not, this probably be the last time he plays against Pakistan, would love to see AFRIDI taking him on for the last time, go lala go give em hell LOL!

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (July 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Just a non cricketing thought: I am wondering whether Softwares used in cricket (especially which record scores) can accomodate 2 dates (6pm today to 2AM tomo) for an ODI match :).May be cricinfo have to change their Softwares...

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

For a nation who acts so tough and bad, the Ozzy's come of kinda soft with all their heat concerns. Glad all the crying is over and now its time to play ball.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 5, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Considering heat, they should have played T20 matches first. It could have taken them one more week in to september before they play ODIs.

Posted by azeesajid on (July 5, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Wow! finally good news for pakistan cricket to have match form and form before icc t20 event. and also for pakistani crowd matches will be in night and can be watched by people at work at day.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Thats really good, Hope both team get good practice for the T20 World Cup

Posted by katandthat3 on (July 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Normally I would think 6 T20's would be ridiculous but considering this series is just before the T20 WC it might have given Australia and Pakistan a chance to really put their squad through it's paces. Usually on overseas tours due to there only being a few T20's, a proper team is usually more tilted towards a ODI side. Hopefully they pick more of a T20 squad for this mini tour even though it's split 3 ODI and 3 T20.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Great news, I dont know why Australian players have so much attitude when playing pakistan. First security concern and now heat concern, i am not impressed. But good that they are finally coming now.

Posted by avmd on (July 5, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Under the circumstances, the best decision by PCB. ODIs have to be there. Short of tests, ODI is the real competition, I love it. T20 is good entertainment but not a test of strength or weakness of any team. Six T20 games would have been too many. My appetitie for T20s is already apraoching saturation point. This format should be played at domestic level only.

Posted by Meety on (July 5, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Whoah there, just sunk in - 6pm start! That's late, that means something like a 2am finish! Man they'll earn their coin for that!

Posted by Meety on (July 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

A reasonable compromise. Go Ozzys!

Posted by Napster-04 on (July 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

What happened to the Six match Twenty20 series. I was so excited about the twenty20 series but ICC had some other plans :(

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