Neutral venues for Pak-Eng series still not decided: PCB

Karachi: The PCB on Monday rejected its English counterpart`s claim that the neutral venues for the series between Pakistan and England have been finalised and would be held in the UAE and Sri Lanka this winter.

"No, the venues have not been finalised as yet. There appears to be some misunderstanding on part of the ECB," PCB`s chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed said.

Pakistan will play England after hosting a "home series" against Sri Lanka at the neutral venues, most likely to be Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Subhan said the PCB is still in the process of finalizing the venues for the two major series and has to take lot of things into consideration.

ECB Chairman, Giles Clarke appeared to confirm the UAE and Sri Lanka as the venues for England`s forthcoming ODI and Test series against Pakistan, only for John Carr, the ECB`s director of cricket operations, to suggest his assessment "might not be entirely accurate".

Speaking on TV show, Clarke stated that the UAE has been chosen to host the five-match one-day series, with two Tests against Pakistan set to follow in Sri Lanka after Christmas.

England is due to play Pakistan and India this winter.

On Saturday, the BCCI confirmed venues for England`s one-day campaign, with matches scheduled for the major centres of Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata.

"Before Christmas we aim to be playing some ODIs - five - against Pakistan in UAE," Clarke said. "Then we will look to go to Sri Lanka, probably for two Tests and three ODIs in March, and we want to play two Tests against Pakistan - possibly in Sri Lanka - before then."

Subhan said the PCB is still evaluating estimated expenses submitted by potential neutral venues to host the two series and a decision would be made soon.

"But we have to ensure that we make some profits from these series even though they are being held at neutral venues," he said.

Sri Lanka and England have refused to tour Pakistan because of security concerns.


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