Pakistan v South Africa 2010-11 May 31, 2010

Pakistan announce schedule for UAE series against South Africa

Cricinfo staff

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the itinerary of the 'home' series in the UAE against South Africa in October and November this year. The series will be shared between the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium; the two grounds will join Sharjah, which has hosted Pakistan in the past, as Test venues in the UAE. The series will feature two Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.

Cricket South Africa had agreed to the PCB's proposal of playing a series on neutral ground, back in April. The PCB even explored the possibility of playing matches in Sharjah, but have decided to restrict it to two venues. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have hosted one-dayers and Twenty20s but never staged a Test.

" I am very grateful to Dr. Mtutuzeli Nyoka (CSA president) and Gerald Majola for their understanding of our position and supporting us to make this even possible," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said. "I would like to especially thank the Emirates Cricket Board for their unwavering support to Pakistan Cricket."

Pakistan has not hosted an international series since the Lahore attacks in March last year, and was stripped of its rights to host the 2011 World Cup as a result of the volatile security situation in the country. The UAE, with strong links to Pakistan cricket, emerged as an alternate 'host' and Pakistan have played ODI series against Australia and New Zealand in Dubai and Abu Dhabi since last year. Pakistan also played a 'home' Test series against New Zealand late last year, and will also 'host' England and Australia in England later this summer.


Oct 27: Only Twenty20, Abu Dhabi
Oct 29: 1st ODI, Abu Dhabi
Oct 31: 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi
Nov 2: 3rd ODI, Dubai
Nov 5: 4th ODI, Dubai
Nov 8: 5th ODI, Dubai
Nov 12-16: 1st Test, Dubai
Nov 20-24: 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

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  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    nice thats a great idea just loved it when i saw this

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 2, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    I am really glad to hear that tests are going to be played in U.A.E. i love these three (dubai, abu dhabi and sharjah) grounds. it would have been even better if sharjah had hosted another test to make it an 3 match series. but the problem in sharjah is match-fixing and spot-fixing might happen. already PCB in turmoil and this would simply add fuel to the fire, thats y sharjah has not hosted any international match for a while now. these grounds look pretty and picturesque. i can forgive the PCB officials for what they did last week by overturning the bans because they have compensated by arranging an series which i was hoping to happen in some time. sa going to play for the first time here and it would be an good experience for them. well sa going to white wash all the series against pak. bishart ali has asked an wonderful question and my answer would be pak might impose a ban on him to prevent playing him in dubai. on the whole i am eagerly waiting for this series to take-off soon..

  • dummy4fb on June 1, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I hope India also somes and plays in UAE.There r a lot of Indians in UAE(including me)who would like 2 c India playing here

  • ice643 on June 1, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Pakistan should stop playing cricket and start playing football because cricket is only played by countries which were part of the english other country in the world besides these countries play.

  • dummy4fb on June 1, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    @DavidCricFan : You say pak isnt gud enough to pay eng, SA n Aus and they shud be plaing india instead.. Jus to remind you india in Wordl number1 in tests so and eng on the other hand haben't beaten even bdesh comprehensively..

  • indiafan9 on June 1, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    @DavidCricFan - Highly preposterous of you to bracket Aus, SA & England as superior teams and bracket the Asian teams as inferior. You seem to be forgetting that India is No 1 in tests and No 2 in ODIs. England have started performing only lately and wait till they perform consistently against highly ranked teams and Pakistan on its day can certainly beat your so called "superior" teams.

  • RUQQ on June 1, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    This is good news that Pakistan are able to play few tests in this season. 2 against Australia in UK, 4 against England and now finally two against SA in Dubai. They all are very strong and having very good record against Pakistan.

    It will be better to play this series in SA instead of Dubai as Pakistan already played home tests in NZ last year. Mohammad Asif, leading wicket taker in NZ, AUS tour; also banned to enter in Dubai.

    I think Mr Ejaz Butt have some personnel interest in that... ?

  • Saim93 on June 1, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Pakistan can win this series, they certainly have the potential and this can be classified as a home venue so they have the advantage. Only problem is the PSC who cant live up to their word and with Shoaib Malik back you can expect more fights between the team.

  • dummy4fb on June 1, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    my Question.....will Asif be absent.??

  • Rajeshs239 on June 1, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    @DavidCricFan Its a bit of joke that Pakistan is not good enough to beat England.... England is not good enough to play some highly ranked countries....Pakistan ll thrive...

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