Pakistan to Host Sri Lanka and England in UAE
Pakistan will play next home series against Sri Lanka and England in the end of 2011.But due to security issue both series shifted on neutral venue in United Arab Emirates.Pakistan have some other neutral venues but PCB select UAE for both series.
After the incident of Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore 2009, any team can not be agreed to play in Pakistan.Pakistan has not host any type of International series for a long time because of security issue.
Now both these series also shifted on neutral venue in UAE. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director operations Zakir Khan told AFP “We have finalized both the series against Sri Lanka and England and both will be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2011\12“ Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in October and November, and England in January and February in the Middle Eastern country, he said.
Pakistan have not hosted a top foreign team since the Lahore attack, which left eight people dead and forced the International Cricket Council to ditch the country as co-hosts of this year’s World Cup.
Khan also rejected comments from England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke that Sri Lanka could host Pakistan’s Tests against England.
“We did consider a number of options for both the series but it is the right of the home board to decide the venue and finally we have confirmed UAE for all the matches in both the series,” said Khan. Pakistan will play three Tests, five one-day matches and a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka. The England schedule will be “finalised soon” but it will feature three Tests, up to five one-day matches and one or two Twenty20 games.
Even before the 2009 attack, Pakistan had been forced to play home series at neutral venues as it became increasingly unstable during the “war on terror” and US-led campaign in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Pakistan have played the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in UAE in the last nine years.
They were also forced to play their home series against New Zealand — who were caught up in a bomb blast in 2002 — in New Zealand, and last year “hosted” Australia in England.Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998 over security fears, while England last toured Pakistan in 2005 — a visit which passed off without incident.