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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Cricket

Pakistan to play series with Sri Lanka in UAE
AFP
Karachi, August 02, 2013
First Published: 14:18 IST(2/8/2013)
Last Updated: 14:31 IST(2/8/2013)

Pakistan announced on Friday that it will play a full series of three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates starting in December.

   
Since an attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan has been forced to play all top-level home international matches at neutral venues, with security too great an issue for foreign teams to tour.
   
Sri Lanka will open the tour with two Twenty20s in Dubai on December 11 and 13 before playing five one-dayers between December 18 and 27: two in Sharjah on December 18 and 22, two in Abu Dhabi on December 25 and 27, and one in Dubai on December 20.
   
The three Tests will be played in Dubai from December 31-January 4, in Abu Dhabi from January 8-12 and in Sharjah from January 16-20.
   
Pakistan is also likely to play a Twenty20 against Afghanistan on December 8, which would be the first between the two teams. Final confirmation of the match is due in a few days.
   
Pakistan will also play a two-Test, five one-day and two Twenty20 series against South Africa in the UAE in October-November.

Schedule:

Dec 7 - Sri Lankan team arrive in Dubai
  
Dec 8 - Pakistan vs Afghanistan Twenty20 internationals (to be confirmed)
   
Dec 11 - 1st T20 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - Dubai
   
Dec 13 - 2nd T20 - Dubai
   
Dec 18 - 1st one-day international - Sharjah
   
Dec 20 - 2nd one-day international - Dubai
   
Dec 22 - 3rd one-day international - Sharjah
   
Dec 25 - 4th one-day international - Abu Dhabi
   
Dec 27 - 5th one-day international - Abu Dhabi
   
Dec 31-Jan 4 - 1st Test - Dubai
   
Jan 8-12 - 2nd Test - Abu Dhabi
   
Jan 16-20 - 3rd Test - Sharjah


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