Start of the new season April 11, 2007

Pakistan to play Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi

Cricinfo staff

Nasim Ashraf hopes to get the new season off to a good start © AFP

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play a three-match ODI series in Abu Dhabi next month, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to Nasim Ashraf, chairman PCB, no dates have been finalised yet but the series is expected to be played in the second week of May.

"We have to work out some modalities with the Abu Dhabi Cricket Association and it will be done in due course of time before the series is organised next month," he told reporters in Lahore.

While Pakistan has already been eliminated from the on-going World Cup, Sri Lanka are well-placed to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious event. Pakistan are also without a captain and a coach after the resignation of Inzamam-ul-Haq and the death of Bob Woolmer.

The ad hoc committee, that held its session yesterday, is expected to name the replacements on May 7.