Pakistan v Australia 2012 May 12, 2012

Sri Lanka won't host Pakistan-Australia series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • lankan 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

  • Dummy4 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 so bye bye pak aus series

  • Imran 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.

  • Sharky 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 ??

  • ABDULLAH on May 14, 2012, 8:33 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nilantha 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

  • Shiv on May 14, 2012, 4:51 GMT

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

  • shahadat 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

  • Adrian on May 13, 2012, 21:31 GMT

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

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