Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE 2011 August 30, 2011

Pakistan to take on Sri Lanka in UAE

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan will play three back-to-back Tests against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE from October 18, the PCB has announced.

The first three games of the subsequent one-day series in November will be played in Dubai while Sharjah will host the fourth ODI on November 20. The teams will move to Abu Dhabi for the final one-dayer and the only Twenty20 international to be played on November 25.

Pakistan have been forced to play their 'home' series on overseas territory since the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009 and have favoured UAE as their venue of choice.

"We had a choice of neutral venues but we opted for UAE because it allows us to manage things smoothly," Subhan Ahmad, the PCB chief operating officer, was quoted in the Dawn as saying.

The third Test of the series will mark the return of Test cricket to Sharjah which has hosted only two one-dayers between Afghanistan and Canada after being ignored as an international venue since 2003.

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  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    @deepfreezed there is only 1 test and 1 odi in sharjah...other matches r in abu dhabhi and that exciting?

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @Cpt Meanster: may be you have addicted of watching 200 runs of 20 overs in champions league or in IPL in flat wickets of India. pitchs will be far better than Delhi Feroze Shah Cotla's one where match was abondened cause of pitch. something will atleast happen here.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 14:38 GMT


  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Wow, cricket whites back in Sharjah. That brings back memories.

  • Jay on August 31, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    I don't see any point in these meaningless contests, especially on flat highways of the UAE where bowlers will struggle. It seems the BCCI is not the only greedy board on the planet, the SLCB and PCB are also welcome additions. Test cricket needs lively pitches and conditions. We don't need 500 and 600 for each teams in one innings. *YAWN*

  • Deep on August 31, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    playing 3 tests and 5 one days on the same pitch does not sound that exciting.

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