England announces full series against Pak in UAE next year

London: England and Pakistan will play a full series of three Tests, four One-Dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals early next year in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the ECB announced.

With the international teams still wary to tour Pakistan because of the unstable security situation in the country, the full series will have to be played at a neutral venue.

England, who recently dethroned India from the top of the world Test rankings, arrive in Dubai on January 3 for a two-month tour. They will play their first Test series as number one side against Pakistan from January 17 in Dubai.

The second Test will be in Abu Dhabi (January 25-29) before the two teams return to Dubai (February 3-7) for the third and final Test.

The first of the four ODIs will be played on February 13 in Abu Dhabi.

The Schedule:

Jan 3, 2012: England arrive in Dubai

Jan 4-6: Practice in Dubai

Jan 7-9: 3-day warm-up game; venue, opposition to be decided later.

Jan 11-13: 3-day warm-up game; venue and opposition to be decided later.

Jan 17-21: 1st Test in Dubai

Jan 25-29: 2nd Test in Abu Dhabi

Feb 3-7: 3rd Test in Dubai

Feb 10: 1-day warm-up game in Abu Dhabi; opposition to be decided later.

Feb 13: 1st ODI in Abu Dhabi

Feb 15: 2nd ODI in Abu Dhabi

Feb 18: 3rd ODI in Dubai

Feb 21: 4th ODI in Dubai

Feb 23: 1st T20 International in Dubai

Feb 25: 2nd T20 International in Dubai

Feb 27: 3rd T20 International in Abu Dhabi.


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