Pakistan v Australia 2012 June 27, 2012

Pakistan still want ODIs against Australia


Pakistan has asked Australia to play three ODIs and three Twenty20s in the UAE in August and September, despite being granted ICC permission to change the series to six T20s. Cricket Australia is believed to have agreed in principle to the proposal, but is not expected to sign off on the deal until discussing it with its players, after the Australian Cricketers' Association expressed "significant concerns" about the extreme heat in the UAE at that time of year.

The PCB was open to the idea of only T20 games but ESPNcricinfo understands the broadcaster had objected for commercial reasons. The PCB's request for the ICC to allow a six-match T20 series due to the weather conditions was approved this week, but Pakistan considered it only a backup plan in case the ODI portion of the series could not go ahead.

The chairmen and chief executives of both sides met during the ICC's annual conference in Kuala Lumpur and agreed in principle on a series of three ODIs and three T20s in the UAE. The PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, said the matches would start in the evening in order to avoid the worst of the heat.

"We had a decision with Cricket Australia officials that we'll play [three ODIs and three T20s] in the UAE in the evening," Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo. "Cricket Australia is looking at the weather as well and our broadcaster objected to the omission of ODIs. However the decision will be taken this week."

The Australian Cricketers' Association has already expressed its concerns about playing ODIs in such hot weather, whereas T20s would lessen the problem due to a later start time and shorter games. However, Pakistan insists that the conditions can be handled by starting the 50-over matches in the evening.

Cricket Australia confirmed that positive discussions had taken place in Kuala Lumpur, between Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland and chairman Wally Edwards and their Pakistan counterparts. However, a spokesman said further details of the series, including the mix of matches, grounds and start times were yet to be finalised.

"They [Australian officials] have agreed in principle to a proposal that the PCB has put to us, subject to us seeing the final detail," a Cricket Australia spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "We're expecting the final detail within the next 24 hours. Once we sign off on the final detail we're expecting a formal announcement from the PCB within the next two or three days."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Pakistan New T20 Squad (1) Imran Nazir (Batsmen) (2) Nasir Jamsheed (Batsmen) (3) Kamran Akmal Wicket Kepeer And (Batsmen) (4) Asad Shafique (Batsmen) (5) Shoaib Malik (All Rounder) (6) Mohammad Hafeez (All Rounder) Vice Captain (7) Abdul Razzaq (All Rounder) (8) Shahid Afridi (All Rounder) Captain (9) Saeed Ajmal Spinner (10) Umer Gull (Fast Bowler) (11) Sohail Tanvir (Fast Bowler) (12) Hammad Azam (All Rounder) (13) Umar Akmal (Batsmen) (14) Imran Farhat (Batsmen) (15) Wahab Riaz (Fast Bowler) (16) Aizaz Cheema (Fast Bowler)

  • Taqi on June 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    6 T20.... OMG...Blaster....

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    May-August is not the time play cricket in South Asia!

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    that will be good choice 3 odis and 3 20/20 nice too much 20/20 not good for game besides it give practice to both sides before wc 20/20

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Ausies know that pakistan always give them tough time in T20 thats why they want to play t20s in uae to get set for coming worldcup this year in sri lanka ...

  • sailesh on June 28, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Can anyone make me clear why Kamran akmal is not picked by PCB??????? and is he going to be member of T20wc or not????????

  • sailesh on June 28, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Why PCB dont try to organize the series in country like NEPAL where there are losts of cricket crazy fan and even many pakistan fan.........they must think about it coz weather around this part of the world is good for cricket as well..........

  • sri on June 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    What ? 6 T20s!!. Are they serous? 6 T20s for 2 teams is just too many. Where are the so called purists who are always ready to blame IPL for destroying test cricket?

  • khurram on June 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    50-50 for me, i would have gone for 6 t20s because during SL series it was clear that pak new captain is not ready , also selection was not right & players wrere not ready for t20 cup so this could be last team could be 4)hafez,afridi,ajmal,umar akmal,

    5- batting keeper( kamran after the faliures of all other keepers) 6- medium pace allrounder to fit in as 3rd seamer ( razak /hammad or any but hard hitting)

    7-8) seamers from gul/sami/sohail/cheema/junaid 3 batsman from malik,nasir,ahmed,asad,haris

  • Tony on June 28, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    6 T20s Only Please!......

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