Sri Lanka tour of UAE 2013-14 August 2, 2013

Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in UAE

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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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  • Morfi on August 2, 2013, 14:56 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ahmad_khalid2 on August 5, 2013, 21:23 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Haider-pak-awsome 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...

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Morfi on August 2, 2013, 14:56 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ahmad_khalid2 on August 5, 2013, 21:23 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Haider-pak-awsome 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...

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Buckers97 on August 4, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal vs Rangana Herath

  • on August 4, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    This should happen every 2 years , 2011 then 2013 , then 2016 (not 2015 cuz of WC15) you know more series should be held in UAE

  • Rajeev129 on August 3, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Among the all combinations, this one is the best Bilateral series. I mean 3 Tests + 5 ODI's + 2 T20's.

    I'm not sure about the fixtures of these 2 teams before this series, but having just 3 days gap between ODI and Test series is a serious issue.

  • on August 3, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Great! But the fixtures are bad! Its when exams begin!

  • on August 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Great news for the Pakistani supporters. Will this series be shown on Sky Tv.

  • on August 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Yes,I am liking it for Sri Lanka to play cricket in the Middle East. It's good news and everyone is liking it.

  • on August 3, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I am liking it,cricket is good for everyone.

  • PadMarley on August 3, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Very good news for both the countries. Pakistan will be hard to beat on a UAE turf. Sri Lankan bowling line-up better be good. Right now they dont have a good test bowling line-up.

  • SL_rockz on August 3, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Really happy to see test matches being included.. :) i was really worried about SL not playing test matches..But here 3 tests is really a good start . Hope to see more test matches than t20I or ODI's. SL have a window i believe after SA series till this series.I dnt know but it is good to organize some test matches in that time window.

  • yohandf on August 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Good news for both SL and Pak expats in U.A.E . I despite being a die hard SL fan , could nt watch a match SL playing for a while . so i ll definitely be on the ground on Dubai matches. good luck to SL and Pak teams . Pakistan won the series in 2011 so hope SL would do well this time .

  • on August 3, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Pakistan are hard to beat in UAE .. With the quality of Spin... Lets hope ICC sorts out these meaningless ODI series.... And have an ODI league ....

  • huzzey on August 3, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Bring the substitutes to play in test cricket, 3 subs can be used per match, so the subs won't sit on the pavilion with their legs up, listening to iPod for 5 days. Therefore the whole squad is utilised & minimises injuries since a lot of cricket is being played. Have a points scoring system with regards of first innings score, run rates, etc..... Incase there is a draw.

    Have power plays in 3 stages of a ODI inning. 0-10, 20-30, 40-50. Therefore No boring middle sectors.

    And let cricketers choose one domestic club, either Mumbai Indians or renegades or Surrey, cricketers are not mercenaries they are gentlemen.

  • huzzey on August 3, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Proposed series structure

    Each team plays other 3 teams in the tier a full series of 5 test matches & 5 ODIs (4day test matches - thu 4-11, fri 4-11, sat 1-8, sun 10.30 - 5.30 - if flood lights available) home & away. No need practice matches as u play ur opponents in their conditions every year. End of year last team in the tier after averaging ODI & Test points. About 8 months of cricket per year, leave 1 month for domestic T20 tournaments, 3 months of rest. Just imagine the prospect of Aus playing India, Eng, SA, twice a year. Really competitive cricket, through out the year with all to loose. Not to take home money even if u win or not. Set fixtures to boost tourism with it, home grounds get a lot of matches per year hence developing the economics. Fans can plan their cricket, rich can buy season tickets, boards will be rich. Scrap champions trophy & play ODI & T20 world cups every 2 years.

  • huzzey on August 3, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Really happy a full series is going to be played. I have been planning a series structure that will help save test cricket & the commercial side of cricket. Can't we all as die hard cricket fans promote the idea with any amendments from others, to the ICC, Past & present cricketers, commentators. Let's push them to the edge to save cricket for life. Here's how it works. Use the current ICC rankings to divide teams into tiers. (average ODI & Test). Just example below. Tier 1 - Aus, Eng, SA, Ind Tier 2 - SL, Pak, NZ, WI Tier 3 - Zim, Ban, Ire, Can/Afg/Holl/Sco/Kenya Each team plays the 3 teams in the tier

  • on August 3, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Good to see a 3 test series

  • SaadRocx on August 3, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    This is good news for the fans of both teams. Nice to see some tests in UAE...The conditions clearly suit Pak bowlers and spinners..Srilanka is a good team both Home and Away...It would be more like Srilankan Batsmen vs.Pak Bowlers...can't wait for it..good luck to Pak and our Srilankan brothers aswell...

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 3, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Finally a minimun of 3 test matches at least better than 2 test we seem to play. I cant wait to see the mini battle between ajmal and sanga gonna be a good one. We should send our under-19 team and let them play a 3 day tour match against the SL or a one day praticse match. Really happy to see pcb helping afghanistan cricket out. Pcb continues Pakistani tradition of helping out associate nations. Come on Green team lets beat the RSA and SL and keep our no 4 spot and In Shaa Allah qualify for the test championship. But it is not gonna be easy.

  • on August 2, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Finally we gonna have some Test Matches, they should have gone with 5 Test, 3 Odi and 1 T20

  • on August 2, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Yes. At last pak play in the u.a.e

  • on August 2, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Finally some test cricket for Sri Lanka. SLC is finally realizing that tests are necessary to be a serious cricketing nation after all the postponed and cancelled test series. Better late than never.

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great to see Sri Lanka play some much needed test cricket. Love to see us play against one of our greatest all round friends who is no one but Pakistan. I know our record in UAE is far from ideal but the conditions should favor us though. In 2011 when Dilshan captained us, he was an awful option so we paid dearly. Hope to see good cricket. Brittle batting will be an issue for both teams. Sri Lankan batting will struggle against good Pakistani bowling whilst Pakistan's batting will also struggle against our mediocre bowling. But I hope batsmen from both sides will click.

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Please, put some youngsters in team, they need their chance as well !!

  • Mel-waas on August 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Good to see some test matches. And ODI and T20 should always come first. if the test series is already decided then ODI and T20 loose their importance and become a side show.

  • on August 2, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Finally some cricket in UAE!

  • asim229 on August 2, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Srilankan team is playing well recently against SA to it will be an interesting series to watch with many new SL players. If pakistan start playing consistently in limited overs format with the following team and the batting order then they can become No1 side soon: Ahmad Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal(K), Umar Amin, Harris Sohail/Awais Zia, Hammad Azam,Razzaq or Some new batsmen from domestic, Shahid Afridi(C), Saeed Ajmal, Wahab/Junaid/Gul, Irfan

  • on August 2, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Finally, after the constant cancellation of test matches from the Windies to the South Africans; Sri Lanka see some light for test match cricket. Should be an interesting series as this provides opportunity for Mathews and the 'new' Sri Lanka test side for an overseas tour. Not too mention this is his first overseas test tour as a captain.

    Youngsters, should really take this opportunity to shine and cement their place in the Sri Lanka test side. Chandi, Thiri and Mathews should capitalize their chances under the guidance of the everpresent seniors Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Bowlers should really show what they got in the dust bowl of UAEs

    My test XI: 1.Karunaratne 2.Dilshan 3.Thirimanne 4.Sangakkara 5.Jayawardene 6.Chandimal 7.Mathews 8.Kulasekara 9.Herath 10.Eranga / Dananjaya 11. Welegedara

    this test side is tentative depending on Welegedara injury prone nature and the state of the pitch itself. However, this should be a really good 'test' for SL

  • on August 2, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Finally. some test matches

  • amji1 on August 2, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    waiting 2 see sri lankans play test cricket after a long time

  • on August 2, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    sl squad should be; 1.tharanga 2.dilshan 3.sangakkara 4. jayawardene 5. chandimal 6.thirimanne 7.kusal perera 8.mathews 9.thisara perera 10.kulasekara 11.malinga 12.maharoof 13.senanayake 14.ajantha mendis 15.dananjaya

  • Hassan_U on August 2, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    nice to see a full tour and 3 tests been played....It be good to play back to back series with South Africa and Sri Lanka.

    This will be good test to see how the players cope with two very good teams.

  • warneshane on August 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    thrash Pakistan???????? we have set cake walk for SL with Irfan, Asad, Ajmal & Gul. Guys are bored of playing only in colombo. PCB has make fresh air for them at Sharjah,Dubai & Abu Dhabi. It is a Pakistan not depleted South Africa or West Indies. Hope top 5 seniors may be seen playing on world map again after this tour.

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @Sinhaya....I guess you are too much excited by the wins you have over SA. But you are forgetting that last time SLand Pak met in UAE, it was SL who was on the receiving end and not the other way round. SL was beaten in Test 1-0 and then thrashed by a margin of 4-1. So you should get your facts right.

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    only sangakarra can play pak bowlers well but i m not sure he will be able to play irfan

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Thats great we need to play more cricket with more teams to sustain the cricket in our country. Good news to Fans of Pakistan cricket including me

  • on August 2, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Thats great we need to play more cricket with more teams to sustain the cricket in our country. Good news to Fans of Pakistan cricket including me

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    only sangakarra can play pak bowlers well but i m not sure he will be able to play irfan

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @Sinhaya....I guess you are too much excited by the wins you have over SA. But you are forgetting that last time SLand Pak met in UAE, it was SL who was on the receiving end and not the other way round. SL was beaten in Test 1-0 and then thrashed by a margin of 4-1. So you should get your facts right.

  • warneshane on August 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    thrash Pakistan???????? we have set cake walk for SL with Irfan, Asad, Ajmal & Gul. Guys are bored of playing only in colombo. PCB has make fresh air for them at Sharjah,Dubai & Abu Dhabi. It is a Pakistan not depleted South Africa or West Indies. Hope top 5 seniors may be seen playing on world map again after this tour.

  • Hassan_U on August 2, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    nice to see a full tour and 3 tests been played....It be good to play back to back series with South Africa and Sri Lanka.

    This will be good test to see how the players cope with two very good teams.

  • on August 2, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    sl squad should be; 1.tharanga 2.dilshan 3.sangakkara 4. jayawardene 5. chandimal 6.thirimanne 7.kusal perera 8.mathews 9.thisara perera 10.kulasekara 11.malinga 12.maharoof 13.senanayake 14.ajantha mendis 15.dananjaya

  • amji1 on August 2, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    waiting 2 see sri lankans play test cricket after a long time

  • on August 2, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Finally. some test matches

  • on August 2, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Finally, after the constant cancellation of test matches from the Windies to the South Africans; Sri Lanka see some light for test match cricket. Should be an interesting series as this provides opportunity for Mathews and the 'new' Sri Lanka test side for an overseas tour. Not too mention this is his first overseas test tour as a captain.

    Youngsters, should really take this opportunity to shine and cement their place in the Sri Lanka test side. Chandi, Thiri and Mathews should capitalize their chances under the guidance of the everpresent seniors Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Bowlers should really show what they got in the dust bowl of UAEs

    My test XI: 1.Karunaratne 2.Dilshan 3.Thirimanne 4.Sangakkara 5.Jayawardene 6.Chandimal 7.Mathews 8.Kulasekara 9.Herath 10.Eranga / Dananjaya 11. Welegedara

    this test side is tentative depending on Welegedara injury prone nature and the state of the pitch itself. However, this should be a really good 'test' for SL

  • asim229 on August 2, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Srilankan team is playing well recently against SA to it will be an interesting series to watch with many new SL players. If pakistan start playing consistently in limited overs format with the following team and the batting order then they can become No1 side soon: Ahmad Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal(K), Umar Amin, Harris Sohail/Awais Zia, Hammad Azam,Razzaq or Some new batsmen from domestic, Shahid Afridi(C), Saeed Ajmal, Wahab/Junaid/Gul, Irfan