Sri Lanka tour of UAE 2013-14

Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in UAE

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 2, 2013

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Misbah-ul-Haq smashes one on the leg side, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Only T20I, Abu Dhabi, November 25, 2011
The series will be the second time Pakistan are hosting Sri Lanka in the UAE © AFP
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Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between December 2013 and January 2014 for a bilateral series that includes three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. The series, the second bilateral contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE, will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The T20s and ODIs have been scheduled before the Tests. The T20s will be played on December 11 and 13 in Dubai, while Sharjah will host the first ODI on December 18. The last two ODIs will be played in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan will take on Afghanistan in a T20 match before the start of the Sri Lanka series, although the venue for the match has not yet been announced.

The first Test has been scheduled for December 31 in Dubai, while Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will host the second and third Tests, from January 8 and January 16.

"The tour itinerary has been approved after consultation between Pakistan Cricket Board and its counterpart Sri Lanka," the PCB said in a statement

Since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, Pakistan have been forced to play their home series overseas, with UAE being the preferred venue. The last time the two sides played in the UAE in 2011, Pakistan won the ODIs 4-1 and won the Test and T20 series 1-0. Pakistan enjoyed little success on their tour of Sri Lanka in June and July 2012 - the last bilateral series between the teams - losing the Tests (1-0) and ODIs (3-1), while the T20 series was tied.

Fixtures
1st T20I: December 11, Dubai
2nd T20I: December 13, Dubai
1st ODI: December 18, Sharjah
2nd ODI: December 20, Dubai
3rd ODI: December 22, Sharjah
4th ODI: December 25, Abu Dhabi
5th ODI: December 27, Abu Dhabi
1st Test: December 31-January 4, Dubai
2nd Test: January 8-12, Abu Dhabi
3rd Test: January 16-20, Sharjah

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Posted by   on (August 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

This will be a good series and young cricketers will be tried in the series.I cant understand why the board has left abdul Razzaque,this guy still has cricket for one dayers and t20.I hope new chairman of selection committee will consider the selection of Abdul Razzaque.

Posted by Fineline on (August 5, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Pakistan has to play a maximum of 15 test matches till December 2016 to qualify for the World 2017 test championship.Players like Younis Khan,Azhar Ali and Tuafeeq Umer will finally get a chance to play.

Posted by ahmad_khalid2 on (August 5, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Good chance for some challenger like Umar Akmal he is good vs SL bowlers

Posted by   on (August 5, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

This is excellent news all around, particularly for Pakistan who are seriously short of Test match cricket. This series, is by far, the only predictable and permanent(ish) fixture in the PCB schedule. I suggest, through cricinfo, that the PCB and SL Board give this series more value as it helps both Boards. One way could be to name the series as a Mendis-Miandad trophy (or any other icons' names that the boards want to celebrate) on the same lines as Frank Worrell and Border-Gavaskar. Second, they should consider playing 4 or 5 tests to make it more competitive, given that the two sides are both very good Test nations. The frequency with which these two teams play, the camaraderie and good relations between the players and the boards, this series can be a great spectacle for cricket across the world!

Posted by   on (August 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

sl odi squad: 1.tharanga 2.dilshan 3.sangakkara 4.jayawardene 5.chandimal 6.thirrimanne 7.kj perera/a perera 8.mathews 9.kulasekara 10.t perera 11.malinga 12.maharoof 13.a mendis13.senenayake 15.dananjaya sl test squad: 1.karunaratne 2.dilshan 3.sangakkara 4.jayawardene 5.chandimal 6.thirimanne 7.vithanage 8.mathews 9.kulasekara 10.welegedera/prasad 11.lakmal/pradeep 12.eranga 13.senenayake 14.a mendis 15.herath sl t20 squad: 1.munaweera 2.dilshan 3.sangakkara 4.jayawardene 5.kj perera 6.a perera 7.vithabage 8.mathews 9.kulasekara 10.malinga 11.t perera 12.maharoof 13.senanayake 14.a mendis 15.dananjaya

Posted by   on (August 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Great news for both Sri Lanka & Pakistan. Test cricket has been revived after a spate of limited over games in recent months. This will also give an opportunity for test cricketers to enhance their reputation in the longer format of the game as they have been deprived of playing for a long period of time. Selectors too should pick specialists for different formats of the game to enable players to perform according to their potential.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (August 5, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

We should test our bench strengh considering the weaker opponent. Similar to what India did against WI / SL and their recent ZIM series. It would help us in our preparation for WC15. God save SL from the fire of Irfan, Junaid and Ajmal. Go Greens go...

Posted by   on (August 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

I love to Play with Srilanka , Srilanka is just like brother country of mine :)

Posted by Gohar73 on (August 4, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

That is a happy news. Very good. But . . . lets hope that Pakistan will host all teams into their own country instead U.A.E. all the time.

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