Pakistan v Australia 2012 July 15, 2012

Australia need to 'adjust' to UAE conditions - Sutherland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland has said Australia will 'need to adjust to' the conditions in the UAE for their upcoming series against Pakistan, but the required adjustment will not be 'that significant'.

Australia are set to play three Twenty20s and three ODIs in the UAE in in August and September, with the matches beginning in the late evening to avoid the worst of the daytime heat. The heat and the decision to start the one-dayers at 6pm - meaning the scheduled finish is 1.45am - continue to be an issue with the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) though.

"It'll be hot, but the sun's not going to be shining and that's probably the really important factor there," Sutherland told AAP. "In terms of the hours, it's not ideal but at the same time it's just an adjustment that the players will need to [make]. It's the same for both teams.

"There are many people in the world who work different hours and these will be different hours for our players, unconventional hours for cricket perhaps. But the game's only going a couple of hours later than it would ordinarily, so I'm not sure that adjustment is really that significant."

CA officials will visit the UAE next week, to assess the conditions. There had been much debate over the actual make-up of the series, which is a 'home' series for Pakistan. The ACA had expressed its concerns about playing ODIs in such hot weather, prompting the series to be changed to a six-match Twenty20 affair, which was approved by the ICC in June. However, the PCB then approached the Australian board, 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 new schedule was announced by the PCB earlier this month.

The venue of the series had also been an issue. It was initially scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka but Pakistan were forced to search for an alternate venue after Sri Lanka backed out in May, citing the clash in the dates with the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League.

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  • hyclass on July 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    The proliferation of meaningless series and dilution of the cricket brand through endless format changes make it increasingly difficult to know or care what cricket stands for.It was once the great bastion of the high virtues and its arrival greatly anticipated due to its greater scarcity.As this article exemplifies,its entirely a servant of the media machine that services it financially.While modern business is an unavoidable reality,to turn cricket into a television series is as much a threat to its quality and longevity as any other tv programme devised for entertainment that inevitably reaches a tv audience use by date.The weather,results and participants are far less poignant than the banality of action for actions sake that this series represents.

  • kensohatter on July 17, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Depends which Pakistan team turns up. Pakistan have always had the talent to beat any side but rarely have they been able to sustain good performances for a full series. Without a pakistan home crowd i give this series to australia

  • crackingshot32170 on July 16, 2012, 18:50 GMT


  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I dont know how will Aussies handle the Pakistani spin in the UAE. Aussies have so far been untested against high class spin bowling lately. Only Hussey and Clarke are good against spin bowling really.

  • wrenx on July 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Gotta say Australia have the edge here, even coming off a poor tour. Having Hussey back in the middle will help, though it's a shame they've gone so long with no Test cricket. I like Australia for the ODIs 3-0. T20s are always anyone's game, but it'll probably be Aus 2-1

  • Cricket_Man on July 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I'd like to thank Mr. James Sutherland for understanding PCB's point of view regarding the commercial aspect of the three one-dayers. I know it would be tough for the Aussie players but i guess Pakistan being a strong team on the international radar needs help from other strong cricket boards in this difficult time. Thanks CA and hopefully it would be an exciting and environmentally comfortable series for the Aussie and Pakistani cricketers.

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Guys. The home test matches have been played last year in England and this is the shorter version of the Austrailia tour to "Pakistan". Pakistan is pretty bad in ODIs lately and therefore it will be very hard for them to beat Austrailia. Lets see!

  • popcorn on July 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    The ONLY reason I can see to FORCE Australia to play in the HOT UAE is MONEY. At the cost of draining the cricketers of the salt from their bodies? Since when have our cricketers becomre expendable, and what is ACA doing about this? Why not play in Kuala Lumpur or Darwin or Cairns AT THIS TIME OF YEAR? Why can't Australia REFUSE to play in the UAE? I hope better sense will prevail and this meaningless series is called off.

  • S.Jagernath on July 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    The ICC should think about the viewer & ignored these limited overs & given us 4 test matches.Pakistan & Australia is always going to attract major attention.

  • S.Jagernath on July 16, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Australia are lacking technical ability...thats the only matter.David Warner,Peter Forrest,Mathew Wade & George Bailey lacked footwork & concentration against high class bowling.Bailey did look like a good option to persist with.An important decision that has to be made is Michael Clarke batting at #3.

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