UAE favourites to host Pak’s home ODI series against Australia

Updated: Jun 01, 2012, 17:05 PM IST

Islamabad : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will most likely conduct the upcoming ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), immediately after Eid, which will be celebrated around August 22.

Intikhab Alam, the PCB’s director for operations and international cricket, said he would soon visit the UAE to finalise the venues.

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had initially suggested that India could also host the series before he left for Chennai for the Indian Premier League (IPL) final by the invitation of the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI).

However, a senior PCB official revealed that discussions with the BCCI officials mostly revolved around the participation of a team from Pakistan in the Champions League, the appearance of Pakistan players in the next IPL and the restoration of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries.

“The Indians have a busy schedule so the chances of Pakistan and Australia playing in India were not discussed,” he said.