Pakistan v Australia 2012 May 12, 2012

Sri Lanka won't host Pakistan-Australia series

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Pakistan are searching for alternate venues for their limited-overs series against Australia later this year after Sri Lanka backed out of hosting it. The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) is scheduled to be held in August, clashing with the dates of the proposed Pakistan-Australia series.

"We are looking for other venues to host Australia," Subhan Ahmed, the PCB's chief operating officer, told ESPNcricinfo. "We were in negotiations to finalise Australia series in Sri Lanka but due to their Premier League which is to be held in August directly clashing with our plan, we have to find another venue."

In March, the Sri Lanka board had agreed in principle to host the series. At that time, there had been no decision on the SLPL. The proposed first season of the league had been cancelled last year and it was only earlier this week that a new deal was signed by the Sri Lanka board to hold the SLPL this August.

Nishantha Ranatunga, the secretary of SLC, explained the decision to pull out was because of the amount of cricket being played in Sri Lanka. "We will not have enough grounds and facilities with the SLPL being played. That is one reason," he told ESPNcricinfo. "Also, if we are playing too much cricket, the wickets will not be in good condition for the World T20 (in September)."

The Pakistan-Australia series was scheduled to comprise five one-dayers and three T20Is to help the sides prepare for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Pakistan had originally considered Australia and South Africa among the venues to host the series.

Pakistan have had to play their home series in neutral venues since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The UAE has been their location of choice recently; they played a full series against England there earlier this year.

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  • lankanlioncric on May 14, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    for people who wants the pak vs aus back in pakistan, if aus agreed to host in pak, pbc would have never asked SLC. cricket in pakistan, not for another 10 years or so. n only teams that would visit is BD,afganstan. aus,eng would be the last team to visit pakistan

  • on May 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    srilanka was the only venue for pak aus series because it is not possible to play in abudhabi in august due to hot weather and pcb cant afford financially to play in aus are s.africa so bye bye pak aus series

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 14, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    what a shame... cricket has to return to pakistan.. would have love to see pak vs aus series in pakistan.

  • SuperSharky on May 14, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Why not the usual UAE ??? Dubai ??? What's wrong with the UAE ??? The international world loves the UAE and it is super safe and beautiful. The UAE understands cricket and Pakistan had a few successful series there in the past. Why not again ??

  • AB-14 on May 14, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    PLEASE PCB play in china...plzzzzz coz i live in china

  • on May 14, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I think a one-day series between Pakistan and Australia in a major North American city (sorry, not Fort Lauderdale but somewhere where there is a large subcontinent immigrant population like NYC) would generate HUGE interest. If there is a good enough venue to play at, considering the amount of cricket followers there are in big US cities, we could be talking enormous crowds.

  • yorkslanka on May 14, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    its a shame that we cannot host this series for our Pakistani brothers but \i think its gonna have to be UAE now..For those calling for it to be back in Pakistan, sadly, that is impossible due to the preceived security issues..we tried to help you in that manner and look what happened to our team?..UAE should still give you give some advantage hopefully over the Aussies and I am certainly looking forward to the series..good luck Pak

  • ProdigyA on May 14, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Cant find a place to play cricket? Can it get anyworse.

  • wiseshah on May 14, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    pakistan should make dhaka as their main venue. Bangladesh has biggest support and fan groups for pakistan cricket and i am sure they would love to host pak aussie series. i would love to see a triangular series between these 3. Bangladesh is in top form, they have ability to beat any of them now

  • apreds on May 13, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    why not come to the caribbean? wicb can more than do with the revenue generated.

  • lankanlioncric on May 14, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    for people who wants the pak vs aus back in pakistan, if aus agreed to host in pak, pbc would have never asked SLC. cricket in pakistan, not for another 10 years or so. n only teams that would visit is BD,afganstan. aus,eng would be the last team to visit pakistan

  • on May 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    srilanka was the only venue for pak aus series because it is not possible to play in abudhabi in august due to hot weather and pcb cant afford financially to play in aus are s.africa so bye bye pak aus series

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 14, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    what a shame... cricket has to return to pakistan.. would have love to see pak vs aus series in pakistan.

  • SuperSharky on May 14, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Why not the usual UAE ??? Dubai ??? What's wrong with the UAE ??? The international world loves the UAE and it is super safe and beautiful. The UAE understands cricket and Pakistan had a few successful series there in the past. Why not again ??

  • AB-14 on May 14, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    PLEASE PCB play in china...plzzzzz coz i live in china

  • on May 14, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I think a one-day series between Pakistan and Australia in a major North American city (sorry, not Fort Lauderdale but somewhere where there is a large subcontinent immigrant population like NYC) would generate HUGE interest. If there is a good enough venue to play at, considering the amount of cricket followers there are in big US cities, we could be talking enormous crowds.

  • yorkslanka on May 14, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    its a shame that we cannot host this series for our Pakistani brothers but \i think its gonna have to be UAE now..For those calling for it to be back in Pakistan, sadly, that is impossible due to the preceived security issues..we tried to help you in that manner and look what happened to our team?..UAE should still give you give some advantage hopefully over the Aussies and I am certainly looking forward to the series..good luck Pak

  • ProdigyA on May 14, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Cant find a place to play cricket? Can it get anyworse.

  • wiseshah on May 14, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    pakistan should make dhaka as their main venue. Bangladesh has biggest support and fan groups for pakistan cricket and i am sure they would love to host pak aussie series. i would love to see a triangular series between these 3. Bangladesh is in top form, they have ability to beat any of them now

  • apreds on May 13, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    why not come to the caribbean? wicb can more than do with the revenue generated.

  • msq3761 on May 13, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Just get the Aussies to Abu Dhabi like PCB has been doing for a long time. At least in papers, it is called a Home-series..

  • on May 13, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    I would be interesting to play a triangular in Dhaka among PAK, AUS & BD.

  • MrPontingToYou on May 13, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    @ Timmuh, could'nt agree more.

  • on May 13, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Screw it. Pakistan should start considering bring cricket back to Pakistan rather than relying on International venues. If international team / ICC are still reluctant to come to Pakistan, we don't need any home series in the 1st place.

  • on May 13, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Pakistan need to choose a venue where they can tackle strong pace, swing and spin attack, SL was the best option considering T20 worldcup also there, but i dont think UAE would be a good choice, those are flat wickets, where neither batsmen nor bowlers can settle according to the conditions. if it wasnt for WC immediately after this series, Eng would have been best choice. puts Pakistan in an awkward state!

  • on May 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Pakistan can play 3 T-20s in Srilanka before T-20 World cup.Actually Austraila wants to acclamatise with SR conditions as they want to win the only trophy which they never won..The remaining 5 ODIs cab be played in SriLanka after T-20 world cup.Otherwise UAE is now second home of Pakistan Cricket,they can always play in UAE. Playing in BD will only be a joke.The way BD,s behaved after reaching Asia Cup final, shows they can hardly be trusted..They go overboard in split seconds.

  • khurramsch on May 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    some people always do talking without common sense here in comments. it has nothing to do with politics. SLPL come to life again just few days ago & rightly so SL dont have many grounds that they play SLPL , pak series & the t20 cup. so no point bashing or commenting politics . UAE might be hot but i think august is hot in pakistan / india / SL and bangladesh aswell. main reason for chosing SL was to give pak & Aus a good go before t20 cup. yes agree with some comments they should not go outside asia for this as they will play t20 in SL right after this series. play in bangla/Uae instead but playing in SA or england may not give prepration for t20.

  • rawcrickettalent on May 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    i want it to be in england!! awesome support for both teams!!

  • Timmuh on May 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Its just a few limited overs games. Call them off, they are meaningless. The same goes for Australia's tour of England. It shouldn't be happening.

  • HassanWali on May 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Cricket, like so many other things, is also facing selfishness today, which is a very unfortunate thing. The main reason, however, seems to be the commercialism which ha taken over the spirit of the game - for both the organizers as well as the players.

  • natmastak_so-called on May 13, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    good wishes for pak from India . and @ drnaveed:: if you cant have some rational thinking,kindly not bother about ranting on these forums.

  • jmcilhinney on May 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    It does seem that UAE or Bangladesh would be the two most logical options, given their proximity and similarity of conditions. Bangladesh might be the more financially beneficial option, although that's just an impression. For the good of cricket in general, I also find the idea of playing the series in North America interesting. I don't see cricket ever being a major sport in the USA but even a minor sport in that market can make a lot of money, and that seems to be important to cricket administrators.

  • on May 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Play in England this time - Many Pakistani's here - also it will be good for Pakistan Cricket to play on English pitches !!

  • mihir_nam on May 13, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    USA and Ireland are ideal venue...Good PAkistani crowd there

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    They should do it in England, as there is good population of supporters of Pakistan !! The last time them two countries played in the series was very successful in Englandl

  • RohanMarkJay on May 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan doesn't play in the UAE. If they can't play in Pakistan. Pakistan seem to play better in the UAE than in Pakistan. For example I am pretty sure they wouldn't have done as well against England if it was played in Pakistan rather than the UAE. The desert conditions seem perfectly suited to Pakistan's style of play more than if they played in either Pakistan or Sri Lanka. Pakistan's fortunate enough to have 3 magnificent cricket stadiums with passionate expatriate support to play their home games in the UAE. No other cricket playing nation has this facility. I strongly suggest they make full use of it. Plus ICC headquarters is now in Dubai, so they will have plenty of opportunities to impress ICC officials. The only other cricket teams making use of the UAE cricket stadiums are county and other teams from England. So Pakistan pretty much has the UAE venues mostly to themselves. Seems ridiculous that they want to play in Sri Lanka when having this facility.

  • on May 13, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Why there is so much T20 cricket going on.Now Ipl then SLPL then t20 WC.People saying that its going to be hot in UAE what about Sri Lanka that be burning hot out there in SL.If not any other country then play only Odi's D/N and T20's at nights. Its not that hot at nights in UAE then play the Tests after the t20 WC thats the only soloution at this stage.Its would be Cold in August in Australia and in England the series can't be played becoz of the olympics and in South Africa the pitches are not going to suit Pakistan as this is there HOME SERIES.

  • on May 13, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    ONETHING FOR SURE, AS FOR AS I AM COONCERN WHETHER ANY CRICKET TEAM COME TO PAKISTAN OR NOT DOES NOT MATTER .WE WANT OUR PLAYER TO PERFORM WELL IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET. AND PAKISTAN SHOULD NEVER HELP BANGLADESH OR TOUR BANGLADESH OR INVITING BANGLADESH, A DAY WILL COME WHEN PAKISTAN WILL BE ABLE TO HOST COUNTRIES AND ALSO RELATION WITH INDIA WILL BECAME GOOD THEN WHAT WILL BANGLADESH DO.

  • smudgeon on May 13, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    why not play in Bangladesh? they're a cricket mad country, the grounds are top quality, and it'd be a good-will exercise. have to agree with some comments here, a top-end series (Darwin &/or Cairns) could be an option. and of course, there are plenty of other countries that'd be happy to host a series between these two teams, although they're still going to be limited to places where infrastructure is up to snuff. i wouldn't mind a bit more thinking along these lines, it'd certainly help to grow the game outside of the core cricketing nations...

  • Legaleagle on May 13, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Good decision by Sri Lanka Cricket Board. Pakistan should get their house in order before begging other countries for hosting them.

  • Harry_Kool on May 13, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    @kiwirocker. I have been to Darwin & Cairns, and the facilities and pitches there are high quality &cricket there is currently in season. Why do you suggest it is "non-sensical". Malaysia wold also be an option, but timing is the big issue that needs rto be addressed.

  • yorkshirematt on May 12, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Am I missing something? What happened to Pakistan playing "home" series in the UAE?

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    why dont they try for bangladesh. Bangladesh have a huge fan base for pakistan

  • GreenGoat on May 12, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    sorry Pak fans - many in Sl including myself would love to see an Aus-pak series.... unfortunately board and politicians are mad - i have no idea who would want to watch SLPL. really. and 1 month before the world t20. only the gods know wht our administrators are thinking. good luck finding a venue and hope our board comes to its senses.

  • Meety on May 12, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @kiwirocker - please explain how Darwin would be "non-sensical"? Nice to see you took my advice re: Malaysia!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 12, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    play in Aus.. doesnt matter if its not in pakistan.. it will be a good series

  • on May 12, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    i hope south africa will b also good venue to host home series 4 PAK against ausiess

  • on May 12, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    How about North America.? Canada and USA can split the series between them.Its good for their cricket as well as a large base of cricket fans. The wheather also is not that extreme!!!

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 12, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Ashraful should be the star player of SLPL

  • on May 12, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @xylo...Who wants to see another Australia v India Series so soon after the recent CB Series? No wonder Cricket is not that popular in many more countries besides the top 10-16 :)

  • swingstowin on May 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Oh relax everyone!! Its obvious SL wont be able to host Pak vs Aus and SLPL at the same time...Its not easy to find a month for their premier league in todays cricketing schedules! Pakistan could have had good practice before T20 cup but it wasnt to be!! So they just have to find another venue! I hope SLPL turns out to be a smash hit! Best wishes from Pakistan.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Someone suggested playing in UAE - in August ?????

  • AdilAmirAli on May 12, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Some people have commented here and have tried so hard to create differences between Pakistani Fans and Srilankan fans ,but they have forgotten that we are very good friends , they are not traitors they are our friends and its good to see that no Pakistani or Srilankan Fans are fighting here As for the series is concerned it can happen any where else also its not a big deal, we should understand that SLC wants their own version of T20 league because they want to make money so that they can pay their players , they are going through hard times i wish them luck may their league be successful.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    south africa is best available option because too organize cricket match is less expensive compared to dubai (emirates).....they are expensive when comes to tariff and others taxes & duties as well as administration expenses......so don't upset with anyone because no one is friend in need of hours.....dont blame them its their characters automatically shows up.....!!!!!!!!

  • cricketeria on May 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    This is disappointing. As a Pak fan I was looking forward to a triangular series with SL. They played us in UAE (Pak 'home' hehe) so we should play a series in SL too. I agree Eng will not work due to the Olympics, that is understandable.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Playing in SA will favor Australia and UAE won't be a suitable place to play cricket in hot August. So, the tour might be postponed until after WC T20.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Lanka got a valid reason guys.... go for UAE as we had a good time there... or even South Africa...... its been a while we last saw Pakistan playing there.......

  • Zahidsaltin on May 12, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    It can't be played in Dubai as Gulf is too hot in august to play cricket. Australia will be too cold in august so thats not an option. So it is Bangladesh or South africa. There will be no point in trying to arrange the series in Soth Africa, England or Australia as the purpose was to prepare for WC in september. Only option is Bangladesh and with them pakistan have problems at the moment. SO what to do? postpon it.

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Canada can be used as an option because of a large Pakistani population in Toronto.

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    This has nothing to do with our friendship from Srilankans. They have their own league and We Pakistanis understand that. Lankans are and will be our FRIENDS not only in cricket but in everything. We are proud to have Lanka in our region. We wish you best of luck in your Premier league where our cricket heroes will also be playing.

  • Kristy on May 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Yes, this is another poor decision made by SLBC... How many new grounds they created for World cup and now they are not using... hosting Aussi-Pak should not be a problem since they have enough grounds..

  • Sinhaya on May 12, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Very bad decision by SLC authorities! I think it would have been great to promote Sri Lanka as a cricket carnival location with the SLPL and Australia Pakistan series. But SLC is run by a bunch of incompetent fools. Well may be Toronto Canada is the location in this instance as UAE is way too hot in August.

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    I think UAE is beeter optin tahn palying in sri lanka

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    SLC or BCB all look for self benefits and its fair so PCB must host that in china or dubai or sharja always there but the series must go ahead anywhere in the region except india

  • xylo on May 12, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    With India-Pakistan relationship improving considerably in the recent future, a triangular ODI series involving Australia would be a cracker of a series.

  • Extraz on May 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    @emadullah mamun...No one is saying tht sri lanka is a traitor the Pak vs Aus series dates were clashing with the dates of SLPL therfore this series can not undergo in sri lanka thts it!...din't u read the article??

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    PAKISTAN SHOULD PLAY IN SOUTHAFRICA OR ENGLAAND .MAY BE SRILANKA HAVE SOME PROBLEMS WITHE THE GROUNDS SO WE CANNOT BLAME SRILANKA.

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Come to ENGLAND as the series will be successful due to large Pakistani population.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 12, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    this SLPL is a joke..all im saying is i wont be watching it *sigh*

  • gunnerr4life on May 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    England is the best venue but they will not allow this series to happen mainly due to the olympics ... South Africa is the only possible venue i can think of !

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @kiwirocker - You mean to say India will be stripped off their test playing status ? :O You seriously need to be stripped off your cricket watching status. India is still no 4 in ICC test rankings, comfortably ahead of Pak by 3 points and neck and neck with Aus. Their recent results may not be good but, who among the current teams isn't strong at home ? Look at England, one year back they were hailed as world beaters and now they are nothing more than a bunch of green track bullies ready to give up their no 1 crown soon. Except for one game, they were all at sea against spinners this season and come November-December, You know what awaits their fate in India. Try to be a little rational.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    as SLs we should help Pakistan. SLPL is not a problem to host PAK/AUZ game. Bad move from SLC. As i sri Lnkan, i strongly condemn this. Pak are our friends than so cold neighbors.

  • tennakoon63 on May 12, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    How about Florida USA or Toronto Canada? This is a good opportunity to spread the cricket fever in North America.

  • playitstraight on May 12, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Trust me, the Pak vs Aus series would've got many more viewers than the SLPL will get. Plus, who wants non-stop T20 all the time? I want to see more Tests between the top teams!

  • johnathonjosephs on May 12, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    SL PL will be a huge success because the World Cup is later that year too and in Sri Lanka too. Pakistan needs to stay there for the SLPL

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Jus an honest doubt, why cant they just go to Australia ?? If Aus is ready to play anywhere why not Pak tour to Aus ?

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    WHY NOT BD?? I KNOW THAT TH RELATIONS ARE BAD BUT IT WONT BE A BAD IDEA TO BE FRIENDS AGAIN!! :)

  • Kumail_Asadi on May 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Very disappointed decision by Lanka board. There were our friends but.... I m remembering that a friend in need is a friend indeed. One thing if India offer Pak vs Aus in his own country. I m sure it will give sudden improvement in Pak Indo cricket relationship. Can India take this bold and healthy step??? Like Champion League this will be high appreciable if happened.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    So where is everybody who were booing because Bangladesh for not touring Pakistan ?

  • on May 12, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @(all the pak fans who were sayin dat SL was their gd frnd n BD a traitor) NOW WHAT WILL U GUYS SAY?? SL N BD R BOTH TRAITORS?? WATEVA GOES AGAINST U GUYS IS WRONG???

  • dariuscorny on May 12, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @Nisar Niazi u r making funny statements.Indian crowd will never cheer for Pak team.they will cheer for Afgan team but in no way they will cheer the Pak team.

  • on May 12, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    at this stage SL must support pakistan because they are our very good friends not only in cricket but in other cases.so this is a poor decision by SLC.

  • zesh92 on May 12, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    hey guys what about india as a host for pakistan's home series :)

  • on May 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    than it must be hosted in dubai or some where else China or Malaysia Pak must play Australia to improve standards

  • on May 12, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    it should be played in the uae cause pak players r used to conditions there and have performed well in the past playing with top teams such as srilanka and england.there's not much of a time difference either just 1 hour aaaaaaaaaand the biggest factor is that they have alot of support their.and come on couldn't u just die to see a pak vs aus match at sharjah?????????????? there is the best option for u pcb go to the uae

  • Naveed85 on May 12, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    i agree with suggestion of playing in China. china is true friend of Pakistan unlike Bangladesh and srilanka.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Play the series in Morocco. Or in Japan. How about Turkey. Possibly Argentina.

  • KingOwl on May 12, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    They should play on the moon - Newt Gingrich is going to build a ground there.

  • on May 12, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    nobody watches Sri lanka premier league,let there some serious international cricket....SL premier league is BIG BIG FLOP

  • KiwiRocker- on May 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    MUhammed Ahmad: You may not know but China already has very fine cricket stadiums...They built an Olympic stadium 'Bird Nest; which is a master piece..As far as time difference, China is 3 hours ahead of Pakistan..Mate, this is a minor time difference. As far as Malaysia is concerned..They have one of the best cricket stadiums in the world. Very nice wicket and a lot of support for Pakistan..One must also understand that Pakistan can always send their curators to build wickets....Malaysia and China NOT only offer Pakistan cost effective options but also provide sustainable relationships...Developing cricket in China and Malaysia along with helping Afghanistan is an excellent idea for Pakistan as supporting B'desh has proven a failure and based on B'desh current performance, they will most likely be stripped off test playing status although India seems in the same boat too...Malaysia is great short term and China is long term option for Pak although nothing is like playing in Pak..

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I think all you people should also consider other factors like time zone,crowd,expenses of hosting,and it should be in a slow and low surface as Australia could only tie series in West Indies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Uae is difficult because of Ramadan and heat ,Canada Because of time differences and different pithes and climate ,Malaysia and China also have the same problem,Sri Lanka was ideal but what can you dooooooo ????????

  • KiwiRocker- on May 12, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Just continuing from my last post- China has excellent sporting stadiums, and people do not realise that China has an emerging cricket team. Chinese are master of logistical operations, and can arrange things at a very short notice. Hong Kong has always been an option but like UAE, it is expansive and PCB wants to earn some money so playing in mainland China,e.g Beijing and Shanghai will be excellent. If Pakistan plays in China, I myself will fly all the way to China and watch Pakistan. It is a shame that B'desh that gained test staus due to support from PCB seems to looking upto certain richer cricket board ( countries that did not even invite B'desh for full series). One can be rest assured that unlike B'desh, China will prove a very loyal host. Options like South Africa and New Zealand are plain rediculous as they are too far away. It is winter in NZ so why will Pak play here? As I suggested, Pakistan should play this series in Malaysia, and as a long term start working with China..

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    hmmm not bad....................................

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    The Series from the beginning should have been played in the UAE. It has been pakistan's Home ground ever since the lahore attacks. It has also been for the pakistani players who have performed well there. I never understood why we would want to play on srilankan soil when we have such great pakistani support n UAE and Sharjah.

  • SaleemSabir on May 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    should be played in India..... Come on BCCI good chance to make some money and the Indian crowds will be more willing ot fill the stadiums watching two goo dteams in Contest than the bangalees ........

  • afridisrk on May 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    i think they should play the series in new zealand..beautiful venues

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    PLAY IN UAE!! IT IS THE BEST HOST VENUE FER PAKISTAN OTHER THAN PAK ITSELF :D :D :D

  • KiwiRocker- on May 12, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    People are throwing random names as venues without realising the logistical difficulties, and economics. UAE is a decent option but it is very expansive and apparently PCB does not like it. Why the hell Pakistan will play in UK or Canada? Both are far away and expansive places. Meety: Your suggestion of Darwin is non sensical and obviously you have never been down there. PCB needs to play series at a venue that is home enough with wickets favouring Pakistan, and has some support for the team. SL was a good option but it is understandable that SL board wants their own league, which now most probably will be a failure as India will not send their players, and same with Pakistan. B'desh premier league is also done and dusted as it only got some lime light because of Pakistani players.Pakistan should play in Malaysia as it is suitable venue with excellent facilities. As a long term option,Pakistan need to focus on cricket in China and consider playing in China!China has serious potential.

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I think PAK should consider BAN as the vanue to host AUS. Closer to home and subcontinental condition that will offer upper hands over AUS.

  • drnaveed on May 12, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    it is sad that no cricket playing Country has supported Pakistan to bring back international cricket in our Country at the time when we badly needed it,whereas we have played in those Countries in similar or even worse situations ,we were there when they needed our support.in fact one Country is playing the game of politics. keep in mind ,the time will not remain the same .SL board had agreed initially to host the series b/w PAK and AUS,now they have backed off,and they are now planning SLPL. were they sleeping before??? it also means that if that one day and 20-20 series is played b/w Pak and Aus than these sides will not be involved in SLPL, well i am not sure about the Aus side"s decision ,will they go for SLPL or for the Pak series??? or the big brother will again have the final saying ,like before???????????????

  • getsetgopk on May 12, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    A little strange timing for SLPL there, Indians wont play in it, Pak and Aus wont be there for sure and im sure the other nations will also be busy somewhere so who exactly will play in it other than SL players. And for hosting Aus, Bangladesh would have been a nice choice as the enthusiasm for cricket in BD is never ending but the kind of edgy relations between the two boards I highly doubt BD would be a potential venue not to mention the unbearable heat in BD and UAE as well during that time of the year. SA seems a far better option.

  • Stark62 on May 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Play the series in UAE!!!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    just keep the series in australia, is it that difficult to decide?

  • Harmony111 on May 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Ohho, so SLB after all that empty noise made against IPL about the way it is killing international cricket has now decided that hosting an untested, likely-to-fail SLPL on the very lines of IPL is more important than hosting a high profile Pakistan vs Aus series? What happened to their commitment to the long term interest of the game now? What happened to their support to the beleaguered Pakistani brethren? Why don't we see Ranatunga now making a protest? People made so much noise when the Pakistani players went unsold in the IPL auctions but here SLB has completely stumped the entire Pakistani team. I am sure someone will somehow find a reason to blame IPL/BCCI/India for this too.

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    that's good......................................................

  • AnasK on May 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    We should try to get SriLanka's those venues which are not going to be used in SLPL. But we can also go for England if we couldn't get Srilanka.

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    i want pakistan to win the series pakistan zindabad

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    we have to choose asian region as looking forward to world t20 prepearations which will be played in Srilanka so Southafrica or England are not considerable choices ..may be we can play in India the crowd will support us..:)

  • huttse96 on May 12, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    PNG could host them! or a countrey like zimbabwe or even canberra manakua oval

  • Afridipak on May 12, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I think it Will be better if the series is in england or UAE bcoz there is a lot of Pak supporters

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    SLPL is played in RPS & PAllekalee,, so they can used Dambulla Hambantoata as a option ...

  • Meety on May 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    I would like to suggest countries like Malaysia (good facilities), PNG (not so good) & Hong Kong (commercial). Then again there is always Darwin, Townsville & Cairns.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    play in canada. Like the days we used to play sahara cup adianst India

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Choose Bangladesh as a neutral venue. That will be an awesome series.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Canada is good option...Good support n crowd..in a way m happy dat dey r nt playing in Sl..other wise we wud hv witnessd Empty stands...which is so boaring...

  • shahbazhussain on May 12, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    So it i s obvious now that Pakistan has NO authority left in the international arena that none of the neighbors want to be with them! So the money rocks, cricket goes down on cost of Pakistan. I dont see Pakistan in cricket in next decade.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    come to Abu Dhabi I'll look forward to watch you guys again in action :)

  • realist1 on May 12, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    What about playing in Bangladesh? Pakistan has a big fan base there and Aussies will get some practice on slow and low wickets before T20 world cup. I know the relationship between two boards are not ideal at the moment but it would be much better than playing in empty stadium in UAE.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    just ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 it would be great to have a series in srilanka....

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    SA is a better choice. Good support for both teams and wonderful playing conditions. I am sure games in SA will pull more crowd that those in SL.

  • crazier on May 12, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    i think its better to host in australia now.Im gonna miss pak players in slpl. Best of luck to slpl

  • 1st_april on May 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Pak vs. Aus was awesome in England....hopefully the tests will be in UAE & odis in England

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Then why SCB agreed earlier? This is not fair for Pakistani cricket fans and Srilankan fans as well.

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    sad, its all due to money from T20 cricket. Its ruining the game. Never expected this thing from SL. SL is hosting SLPL on just 2 venues, there are about 7-8 international ground in SL, they shouldnt have any problem in hosting it. First the team dont come to Pak, now they are not willing to host.

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    How about Australia hosting it in Cairns and Darwin. Or play in Ireland/Netherlands or other Associate country to futher promte cricket

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    south africa should be another venue

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 12, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Definitely Bangladesh- Mirpur Sher e Bangla Stadium!!!!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Pakisan is searching for a home like a homeless person very sad situation created by itself good luck to them

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  • on May 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Pakisan is searching for a home like a homeless person very sad situation created by itself good luck to them

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 12, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Definitely Bangladesh- Mirpur Sher e Bangla Stadium!!!!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    south africa should be another venue

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    How about Australia hosting it in Cairns and Darwin. Or play in Ireland/Netherlands or other Associate country to futher promte cricket

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    sad, its all due to money from T20 cricket. Its ruining the game. Never expected this thing from SL. SL is hosting SLPL on just 2 venues, there are about 7-8 international ground in SL, they shouldnt have any problem in hosting it. First the team dont come to Pak, now they are not willing to host.

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Then why SCB agreed earlier? This is not fair for Pakistani cricket fans and Srilankan fans as well.

  • 1st_april on May 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Pak vs. Aus was awesome in England....hopefully the tests will be in UAE & odis in England

  • crazier on May 12, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    i think its better to host in australia now.Im gonna miss pak players in slpl. Best of luck to slpl

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    SA is a better choice. Good support for both teams and wonderful playing conditions. I am sure games in SA will pull more crowd that those in SL.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    just ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 it would be great to have a series in srilanka....