Pakistan searching for venue for ODI series against Aussies

Last Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 23:08

Lahore: Pakistan are looking towards South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as possible neutral venues to host their one-day series against Australia in August.

A PCB official said that Australia were due to play five one-day internationals against Pakistan in August and there was a chance the series might be extended to include one or two Twenty20 matches.

"Since Australia is not keen to play in Pakistan at present due to security concerns we are looking at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Africa as possible options to host the series and we have started talks with all three boards," the official said.

He said that the board had to rule out the United Arab Emirates as a neutral venue although it had become a second home for Pakistan cricket since 2008.

"In August it will be Ramazan in the emirates and the weather is also pretty hot so we have to now look for other alternate neutral options," he said.

Pakistan has played most of its home matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah since teams refused to tour Pakistan after March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

The attack also led to the International Cricket Council also moving away matches of the 2011 World Cup from Pakistan.

The official, however, said that Pakistan had invited Bangladesh to send its team to Pakistan in April and if the tour materialized than it could be in a position to convince other teams to also play in Pakistan.

"For the moment we are looking at three options for the Australia series and whichever is feasible to us cost wise we will go for that," he said.

A security delegation of the Bangladesh board is due to visit Pakistan early next month to assess the security arrangements and give clearance for the tour.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 23:08

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