KARACHI, (Reuters): Pakistan will host Australia in three one-day cricket matches and three Twenty20 games in its “home” series in the United Arab Emirates from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday.
Australia had expressed concern about playing 50-over games in the heat of the UAE and the matches would start late in the day, when the weather was cooler, the board said.
“The series has been decided and we will have late starts in the matches to deal with the hot weather,” a PCB official said.
Pakistan have been forced to organise another “home” series in the UAE after Australia refused to tour Pakistan because of security concerns. The PCB had initially planned the series in Sri Lanka but the Sri Lankans withdraw their offer due to their premier league tournament being held in August.
Since 2009, when militants attacked the Sri Lanka team in Lahore, test-playing nations have refused to tour Pakistan.