Pakistan v Australia 2012 March 25, 2012

PCB agree to host Australia in Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan's home limited-overs series against Australia this August is likely to be played in Sri Lanka, with SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and PCB director Intikhab Alam both saying they had agreed in principle to the arrangement. The Memorandum of Understanding has not yet been signed and Alam will travel to Sri Lanka next week to finalise arrangements.

"Sri Lanka Cricket had expressed the desire to host the series to the PCB a month ago and both boards have no problems with it. I do not know about the stand of the other cricket board [CA] yet," Ranatunga told ESPNcricinfo.

Alam revealed that South Africa and Australia itself were the other two nations being considered as venues for the series, but Sri Lanka was selected for commercial and cricketing reasons. A Cricket Australia spokesman said the two boards had kept in contact over the matter of where to play the series, and CA was aware of discussions between the PCB and SLC.

"Pakistan has kept us up to date on its plans for hosting the series they are due to play against us later this year and we are happy with the progress they are making, and with their consultation with us as they move through that process," the spokesman said.

"As part of that, they have kept us in the loop about their discussions on where and when they propose to host this series but have asked us to treat their discussions with us as confidential. Having said that, Sri Lanka has confirmed it is in discussion with Pakistan.

"The discussions between Pakistan and the proposed host nation are continuing, and so are the discussions between us and Pakistan. I would describe those as a work in progress at the moment, with CA-Pakistan talking through fine detail on things such as exact dates."

Pakistan and Australia will play five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals against each other. The original plan was to play just one Twenty20, but with the World T20 immediately after the series, the countries' boards have agreed to play two extra matches.

Pakistan have had to play their home series in neutral venues since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009. While the UAE has been their location of choice recently, the scheduling of the Australia series just before the World Twenty20, which will be played in Sri Lanka, may have influenced the decision on where to play the five ODIs and one Twenty20 international.

Pakistan have hosted a Test against Australia in Sri Lanka before, in Colombo in 2002. Their last home series against Australia was played in England, in the summer of 2010, after which they have hosted all their home series, including one against Sri Lanka, in the UAE.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • Andrew on March 27, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    @Mo Iqbal Merchant - mate I would love to see International cricket back on in Pakistan. Pakistan is a great cricket nation, unfortunately the serious risk over there is far higher than anywhere else in the Test cricket world. ATM, even if the ICC said it is safe for International cricket (they won't even send their officials atm), the Players Unions will not let them go. Pakistan's only chance in the short term is through Bangladesh & Afghanistan (ODIs), to host incident free events. It would be best long term for Pakistan not to rush back into home Internationals, as I fear a repeat of the Sri Lanka incident would see Pakistan banned from International cricket & no cricket loving fan wants to see that! As for Domestic matches being incident free; several things, they are low key events, & they have no high profile international targets. I know it must be frustrating, but unfortunately its the old saying, one or two bad apples......

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    they should play it in UAE, Pakistan tends to demolish test teams here!

  • Pak on March 27, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    The Aussies need to understand that everyone dies, but not everyone lives. Come to Pakistan, feel the exhilaration of living moment to moment. Free from the perversion of a pre-determined future!

  • Enamul on March 27, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Bangladesh was never interested to HOST any matches of Pakistan and its very safe to stay away from any kind of events of them. We dont want any GAMBLING KINGs to come on our ground & play also fix a match. There is a grave risk of inviting pakistanmi team for any country in the world every corner of the world and I believe SL is in trouble now.

  • Johnathon on March 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Just hope the SLCB doesn't jack up the prices for them either. Good strategy this.. The two sides just want a feel of Sri Lanka before the T20 WC

  • Gavin on March 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @samincolumbia: Being shot at will be the main concern, I think.

  • Harsimran on March 27, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Why not in UAE????????????

  • Manesh on March 27, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Sudu_putha. kid, u do not remeber 1996 WC? @Qosmio. and you lost all recent matches...last home/away series against India...we are afraid of players safty..ther may be bombs instead of ball in the cricket field!

  • qazi on March 27, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Urghh again people keep commenting why not UAE ?? Folks in Aug weather in UAE is not other words a human cant survive the heat....... its like burning out before world cup....

  • bharath74 on March 27, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Hard to find ppl in stadiums when SL is playing, poor choice, gulf would have been a better option.

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