Pakistan news June 14, 2012

Fewer ODIs likely in Pakistan-Australia series


Pakistan's home series of limited-over games against Australia is likely to be reduced to a mix of three ODIs (instead of five ODIs) and three Twenty20 internationals, with the UAE remaining the most likely venue. Plans for more Twenty20 games - as reported by ESPNcricinfo yesterday - have come unstuck because of a time crunch to get the ICC's approval as required.

The series, according to PCB sources, will be held after the month of Ramadan, which ends on August 18; giving both teams practice ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which begins on September 18. To beat the summer heat, the matches are likely to be held in the late evening, with the ODIs starting at 5 pm and the Twenty20 games at 7 pm.

"Plan is to play three ODIs and three T20Is," Intikhab Alam, the PCB's director for international operations, told reporters on Wednesday. "I have given my assessment reports about both venues [UAE and Malaysia] and the announcement will be made within this week."

Any Twenty20 series comprising more than three matches requires the ICC's permission; though the idea of a five-game series is open for discussion in the ICC Executive Board meeting later this month, formal approval might take some more time - which the boards don't have.

"We've always said to Pakistan this is your home, come and play when you want to and we make it cost-effective for them," Dilawar Mani, the chief executive of the Emirates cricket board, told ESPNcricinfo. "Yes it's going to be hot and humid, but heat is not as much of an issue as the humidity is."

"Humidity will be a factor, so we proposed a start later in the evening instead of 3 pm for ODIs," added Mani.

"We usually arrange late starts for our domestic tournament during Ramadan and I don't see any logistical problem there," he said. "In fact, arranging matches in evening works better - we can pull in bigger crowds as the offices close around 4 pm. So people can easily turn to the stadium after finishing their work."

Sri Lanka had originally emerged as a likely venue for the Pakistan-Australia series, but withdrew when it became apparent that the dates would clash with the Sri Lanka Premier League. Alam visited Malaysia and the UAE to assess options and, though weather is an issue in both places in August, the possibility of rain in Malaysia goes against it. Though the monsoon season is at its peak from November to February in Malaysia, August proves to be the wettest month on the west coast and could disrupt the series.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    what about playing 30 overs ODIs or may be playing 20 over and 20 overs two innings for the last two ODIs. a dream may come true in this series........

  • Yasassri on June 15, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Can play in Dambulla, Sri lanka

  • Nhoj on June 15, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    A 5pm start in an ODI means a finish after midnight. Does that make it a night game rather than a day-nighter? This won't suit the Australians, who have usually had their cup of warm milk and are asleep by then. Still, it will be good to get up early in the morning Australian time to watch the finish.

  • Omarr on June 14, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    UAE is the best option for Pakistan's home series. The only way to get a true home advantage.

  • Ryo on June 14, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    I don't like Pakistan's new ODI shirt. It doesn't have the crescent moon and star on it. Without that the players lose their powers. The crescent moon and star gives Pakistan special mystical properties known only to Afridi. Boys play in your old kit. They started using that kit after the England tour and they rose to life like a phoenix from the flames.

  • Stark on June 14, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I agree with third gear!

    Unfortunately, I was one of those stupid personnel to have arranged a holiday in the UAE in August and let me tell you; IT WAS HOT!!

    Day temp's are around 50-53C and it doesn't die down drastically in the night either, meaning it will be a killer series for both teams.

    Just play T20's!

  • hibbatur on June 14, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    UAE can afford to provide cool air in the stadium to combat heatand humidity.

  • Amjad on June 14, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    3 ODI's 3 T20's sounds about perfect, but I would still go with Malaysia, even late starts wont keep the heat off, its too hot anytime.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Guess Mr. Intikhab Alam read my comments on the article relating to this! =) This is exactly what I had suggested; 3ODIs, 3T20Is and late starts. Maybe the PCB needs to show all these senior pros the door and induct some fresh blood. People who may not be world class cricketers but who have common sense and administrative skills.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Start time is late in the evening, it is a good idea, but if you can play 3 ODI,s then why not 5, which was originaly in decided.

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