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Sri Lanka set to host Pakistan for Tests in August

Umar Farooq and Andrew Fidel Fernando

April 11, 2014

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Angleo Mathews and Misbah-ul-Haq after sharing the series 1-1, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 5th day, January 20, 2014
The teams last faced-off in Tests at the start of the year, in the UAE © AFP
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Pakistan will play two Tests and three ODIs in Sri Lanka in August, officials from both boards have confirmed. No tour dates have yet been set in stone, but Pakistan is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka in late July for a tour match before the internationals begin early in the following month.

For Sri Lanka, the tour will be the third in quick succession, following an away tour of England, and the home series against South Africa. Neither the Pakistan series nor the South Africa tour had been prescribed for 2014 by the Future Tours Programme - though the Tests against South Africa had been deferred from last year.

Pakistan were facing a six-month drought ahead of their next international fixtures after the World T20. But the PCB managed to strike up a quick deal with Sri Lanka Cricket on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai to narrow the gap. The series will kick off a busy season for them, with full series' with Australia and New Zealand shortly after in the UAE.

With these two Tests, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan will bring their 2014 tally to nine Tests, provided all matches are played as scheduled.

It will also be the second time the teams have squared off in a bilateral series in eight months, after Sri Lanka played three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the UAE in December and January. They had also played each other in two Asia Cup fixtures. The teams had shared the Test series in the UAE, while Sri Lanka had won their previous Test series in Sri Lanka 1-0.

Pakistan have played Sri Lanka five series in the past five years with home and away series in 2009, followed by Pakistan hosting Sri Lanka in 2011 and touring Sri Lanka in 2012.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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Posted by NP_NY on (April 18, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Hopefully this series will be telecast in India, so it won't be a total financial failure :)

Posted by CrapySaysThat on (April 12, 2014, 23:55 GMT)

Out of all cricketing nations Srilanka and Australia are trusted friends of Pak and Aussies went a step further to play Pak in UAE in blazing heat to prove the fact. No doubt Pak team has a great power to pull fans to stadiums and that is why Cricketing world wants them to be on the stage. Sirilanka are true and most reliable friend any country can have. As Bangladesh has sided with India and got fruit of Asia Cup and T20 Pak and Srilanka joined hands to support quality cricket in the region. As an Aussie with keen eyes on Cricket I strongly believe that Pak should work on Srilanka to bring back Int cricket in Pakistan rather Bangladesh that has no standing in the Cricket world on one side and will not impact on other teams to visit Pak. So here.. fans of Pak lesson is .. Trust the Trusted... Stay away from the others!!!

Posted by ground-boy on (April 12, 2014, 23:44 GMT)

Not out of big-three but they are really big in all forms. Cricketing-trinity will not reveal in terms of money or billion masses that represent. Only a few in the middle finally come to the center of attention....

Posted by sherishahmir on (April 12, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Good move by PCB and thanks to our dear friends Srilankans for accepting and playing with Pk regularly. Hope we will have good series and would also looking forward to see SriLanka team to help us in resuming international cricket in Pakistan.

Posted by yohandf on (April 12, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Good time for Sri lankan cricket . We will be playing 6 tests , 11 ODI s & 1 T20 within next four months . Time for us to better our record in tests and get ready for 2015 WC . Thanks England for tour and welcome both Sputh Africa and pakistan

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

Amazed at this 2 test match mantra. PCB need to make it a series by making it 3 tests. How often PCB opts for this 2 test series which ends up nowhere.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

@Ian Perera. "Big three" is only with regard to power within the game at the top level with the income they apparently bring in. I don't think anyone seriously believes they are the best three teams.

And you can't just use T20 results to decide who the best team is - particularly matches where both teams were out of the competition anyway. Test cricket is the ultimate and the Aussies are looking like the best team right now. So why you think they can only beat Bangladesh is beyond me!

England are in a bit of a mess but they beat India home and away in their last two series. India are probably the best ODI team though, and the Sri Lankans have proven beyond doubt now that they are the best T20 side.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 12, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

@sysubrceq0, usually Sri Lanka hosts cricket in July and August because it is dry. Other than from January to March, July and August are the most dry months in Sri Lanka. Look at 2012 July, all games with India were hosted hassle free. If you look at 2011 August, all ODIs and T20s with Australia went through without any rain. Yes the 2nd test was rain hit as it was September.

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (April 12, 2014, 0:11 GMT)

Oh good, atleast we will have another series. The problem is that all of them are scheduled in asia. The series against Australia and Newzealand should've been in Australia and Newzealand so we could prepare for the World cup. PCB seriously needs to look at this. If they can't schedule one in a month outside asia they should play against associates scheduled in subcontinents. But good work for atlest scheduling this.

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 23:44 GMT)

tired of seeing the same opposition

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