Pakistan v Australia 2012

Pakistan still want ODIs against Australia

Umar Farooq

June 27, 2012

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It was frustrating for the Pakistan bowlers under lights, Pakistan v Australia, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi, May 1, 2009
Pakistan and Australia could yet play ODIs in the UAE this year © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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)

Posted by Taqi_Shah on (June 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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 ...

Posted by sallunepal 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????????

Posted by sallunepal 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..........

Posted by sachin_vvsfan 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?

Posted by khurramsch 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

Posted by TonyRai on (June 28, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

6 T20s Only Please!......

Posted by bharath0709 on (June 28, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

lol nice one from Faisal Shoaib ,it should be short and sweet ,especially test matches oooohh , 90 overs/day for 5 days,and that too there is no guarantee that there will be result

Posted by Dale_Pain on (June 27, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Even though the Durban winter is the dry season it will be more humid than UAE in August. Host the competition in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal (where Durban is) - there will be support for the series in South Africa and no rain in these parts in winter

Posted by asim229 on (June 27, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Just play 6 t20s now. ODIs and tests can be played at the same avenue later during winter

Posted by WH1990 on (June 27, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

it's a fine move by the PCB to convince CA to play 3 odis.6 t20s would have been too monotonous.itinerary has presented problems with Oz not willing to tour Pakistan but odis can commence at 4pm.this timetable was applied to the 2002 Sharjah cup incorporating the heat factor.even a 5pm start would allow fans to watch the entire game not only in UAE but also in Pakistan.the original schedule of 5odis and 3 t20s was the best option but its good enough if the 2 teams play a mix of odis and far as match practice ahead of T20 WC is concerned,3 games with OZ are more than enough.Pakistan's recent lacklustre performance in T20s is cardinally down to poor selection of squad and team combination.

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (June 27, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

My dream team for the entire T20 series: 1.) Imran Nazir 2.) Shahid Afridi (C) 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Mohammad Hafeez 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Kamran Akmal (WK) (Unfortunately due to him being good at batting) 9.) Sohail Tanvir 10.) Umar Gul 11.) Saeed Ajmal

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

@faisal shoaib hahaha best comment ever

Posted by avmd on (June 27, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

6 T20, too many, even WC is around the corner but ODIs got to be there. 3 T20 and 3-4 ODIs is a better option. Of course starting time has to be delayed, due to heat factor.

Posted by romirom on (June 27, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

shift the venue and put at least 2 tests cricket... series without tests cricket is worthless,,,,

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Best choice for T20 captain is shoaib Malik. He shown result in domestic cricket for so many years.His team sialkot stalion are the champion of T20 for six times.He is and alrounder and cricketing brain. He use his mind instead of his emotion.All players playing under him give him full respect and give their 100%. Afridi is selfish and he has no cricketing brain.He brought culture of fours and sixes in Pakistan. Matches are won by good planing and exececution of it in the field.

Posted by fatherofcricket on (June 27, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

5 ODI's and 3 T20'a is okay.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 27, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

I think play 3 ODIs as well as 6 T20s may be boring.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

You know I don't get it because why on earth are Pakistan asking Bangladesh to play a series in their country instead of UAE while happy to play a series with Australia at UAE? If Pakistan really want this series then they should ask Australia to come and play in their country and remove the conspiracy that Pakistan is not a safe country instead of waiting for Bangladesh to confirm a potential series that way these issues such as this bilateral series bewteen PAK-AUS will not cause such problems i.e. venues.

Posted by Stieprox on (June 27, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

there is no need for 3 ODIs,6 T20 matches will provide ample practice to both teams ahead of World T20.i hope all the stake holders settle on 6 T20 matches

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

we want t20s only,, i cant sit through a 100overs game i have a life.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 27, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Why don't they just tour Pakistan and be done with it? The amount of problems caused by refusal to tour Pakistan is enormous.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Right before the World T20 it is better to play 6 T20 matches in this extreme heat, which will minimize the chances of players getting injured before the World T20.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Shahid Afridi should be made captain for expected 3 one day & 3 T20 match series against Australia. this is the only way Pakistan could win this series else otherwise no chance.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 27, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

3 ODI's and 3 T20 is just about the perfect mix, the question though, will CA agree to it or not, they should as they are professionals and every facility at their disposal and they are used to playing in such conditions so they just need to get on with it, no more excuses please, every time when Aus play Pak there is usually one or two issues, this time its heat, next time probably they'll say 'maybe not much money in it'

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

I think playing 6 T20's instead of 3 ODI's and 3 T20I's will be a good idea as T20 world cup is next to this series.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

In my opinion it should be 3 T20s and 3 ODIs. That makes more sense. Or better off 2 tests.

Posted by Stark62 on (June 27, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I hope CA say.....NO!!

Let's get it on with a fully fledged T20 series, rather than dull ODI matches in the extreme heat.

I love ODI matches but the T20 WC is just around the corner and Hafeez needs to be tested thoroughly, plus the team balance and the series will result in more positives for Pak, as opposed to Aus.

Posted by CoverBoundary on (June 27, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Dear Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia ... please move this series to Canada! We are craving international cricket here!

Posted by pauliangenius on (June 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

It would be better to see t20s instead of odis because Pakistan's new squad for the t20 needs good practise and opportunity to coordinate before the world t20.

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