Pakistan v South Africa 2010-11 May 31, 2010

Pakistan announce schedule for UAE series against South Africa

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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.

Schedule:

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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  • 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..

  • 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 empire..no other country in the world besides these countries play.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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..

  • 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 empire..no other country in the world besides these countries play.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • DavidCricFan on June 1, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket is bit of a joke. First you ban a whole bunch of players, then you revoke the ban couple of months later. We've been seeing this for so many years now. Lost count on the number of times akhtar and asif were banned. The Pakistan board should realise that once you take a stand, you need to stick to it. The pakistan team is not good enough to beat Australia, SA and England, probably they should keep playing India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh till they improve.

  • y2quake123 on June 1, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    they england and aussies before this series.so i feel they will be pretty ready 2 take on SA,even though SA are an amazing TEST as well as ONE DAY team

  • Manager_Alamgir on June 1, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    After a long time.. Pakistan will face a tough season through out. Best of Luck boyz. I know you can do it with flying colors.

  • Rizwan68 on June 1, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Any cricket is better than no cricket at all, so good luck to Pakistan cricket. Hopefully the mess Pakistan cricket will be sorted out soon (God willing, cause God is the only One we can rely on, not the people incharge)

  • on June 1, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Pak will be in UAE in October against S.A

  • on June 1, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Pakistan look to be struggling in Tests a bit, but they're taking no chances to improve on that. They've struggled in their last few test series they've played and this isn't a good sign for them. Still the PCB in contesting just 2 tests?

  • Happpy on June 1, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    It looks pretty pathetic that Pakistan isn't hosting any series in Country but it's better to play neutral venues instead of eliminating series. Thanks UAE for kind support and help in toughest time for Pakistan.

  • luv2smile on May 31, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    What really upsets me is that this was meant to be a 3 test match series as was Australia's in July, but the PCB keep on turning a blind eye to test matches and this reflects the pathetic ranking that Pakistan find themselves in on the official ICC table!

  • Wasif_Minhas on May 31, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    PCB should also try to arrange a 3-4 nation ODI series before or immediately after SA series as it would give the players enough practice before WC 2011.

  • lazyleopard on May 31, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Two tests cannot be called a series ... When we look at a real test series such as ashes we can see that two tests is the time what is required for teams just to eliminate the surprise element know eachother's players and conditions. The real contest should begin after that.

    A two test series is not good enough! Its criminal how PCB is centered around money which mainly goes to waste and corruption by officials.

    ICC should take steps about this and should not accept two tests as a series in regards to the future tours programme.

  • on May 31, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    ah man, they need to do something about mohammad asif now.

  • on May 31, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    This will be the great contest i think pakistan will play their best cricket and they will beat south africa hopefully

  • on May 31, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan must hold test series of min. 3 tests, even if they can't help but arrange them at neutral venues. WE MUST play more tests. Forget about doing well in T20 and ODI's (even world cups), just concentrate on Test first!

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 31, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    This is a good news for Pakistan cricket team. They should get ample opportunities to get as many ODIs as she can prior to the World Cup 2011 so that players may go through the tough practice session, a vital thing many participant countries would aspire for. Moreover, it would also cater a broad, clear and vivid picture of the best available players to the selection committee for the mega event. Some youngsters should also be given chances to prove their talent.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 31, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Afridi's hair and Amla's beard in one place at the same time... too much to bear, such luxuriousness.

  • crictonite on May 31, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Although I am glad this series will take place, there are certain things that just don't feel right. First of all, our best test bowler will not be taking part due to his own stupidity. Secondly,test series consisting of only two matches aren't all that exciting. And finally, that stadium in Abu Dhabi is not exactly an oasis. I guess the residents don't like driving 30 min. to the middle of nowhere. I was hoping cricket would return to Sharjah instead.

  • Omarrz on May 31, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    why not Sharjah yaar?? When will we see Sharjah ODIs??

  • on May 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Its great to hear Pakistan playing more cricket.One thing I dont understand is why they are two tests that does not make any sense.Plus it looks like Asif will be missing out on this sereis due to his drug related issue in the past.

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  • on May 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Its great to hear Pakistan playing more cricket.One thing I dont understand is why they are two tests that does not make any sense.Plus it looks like Asif will be missing out on this sereis due to his drug related issue in the past.

  • Omarrz on May 31, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    why not Sharjah yaar?? When will we see Sharjah ODIs??

  • crictonite on May 31, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Although I am glad this series will take place, there are certain things that just don't feel right. First of all, our best test bowler will not be taking part due to his own stupidity. Secondly,test series consisting of only two matches aren't all that exciting. And finally, that stadium in Abu Dhabi is not exactly an oasis. I guess the residents don't like driving 30 min. to the middle of nowhere. I was hoping cricket would return to Sharjah instead.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 31, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Afridi's hair and Amla's beard in one place at the same time... too much to bear, such luxuriousness.

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 31, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    This is a good news for Pakistan cricket team. They should get ample opportunities to get as many ODIs as she can prior to the World Cup 2011 so that players may go through the tough practice session, a vital thing many participant countries would aspire for. Moreover, it would also cater a broad, clear and vivid picture of the best available players to the selection committee for the mega event. Some youngsters should also be given chances to prove their talent.

  • on May 31, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan must hold test series of min. 3 tests, even if they can't help but arrange them at neutral venues. WE MUST play more tests. Forget about doing well in T20 and ODI's (even world cups), just concentrate on Test first!

  • on May 31, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    This will be the great contest i think pakistan will play their best cricket and they will beat south africa hopefully

  • on May 31, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    ah man, they need to do something about mohammad asif now.

  • lazyleopard on May 31, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Two tests cannot be called a series ... When we look at a real test series such as ashes we can see that two tests is the time what is required for teams just to eliminate the surprise element know eachother's players and conditions. The real contest should begin after that.

    A two test series is not good enough! Its criminal how PCB is centered around money which mainly goes to waste and corruption by officials.

    ICC should take steps about this and should not accept two tests as a series in regards to the future tours programme.

  • Wasif_Minhas on May 31, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    PCB should also try to arrange a 3-4 nation ODI series before or immediately after SA series as it would give the players enough practice before WC 2011.