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Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in UAE

Suneer Chowdhary, August 30 2011,
Three venues in the UAE will allow Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in a full-fledged series consisting of Tests, ODIs and T20I
Misbah ul Haq will look to host Sri Lanka in UAE
Misbah ul Haq will look to host Sri Lanka in UAE
Pakistan will play their home series against Sri Lanka at the neutral venue in the United Arab Emirates. The itinerary for the series against Sri Lanka was announced on Tuesday and there will be a total of three Test matches, five ODIs and one T20Is on the tour.

The teams will arrive in the UAE on October 15 and the series will go on till the November 25. The series will be played a week after the end of the Champions League T20, where one Sri Lankan side could end up participating, Ruhuna. Sri Lanka had last played Pakistan in 2009.

This is a home series for Pakistan, who have not had a single game at home since there was a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan side in 2009. Since then, the other nations have stopped touring the country and all the Pakistan’s home games have to be played abroad; this includes England, UAE and even New Zealand.

In those terrorists attacks in 2009, there were a total of eight people who died and there were seven Sri Lankan cricketers and officials who sustained injuries.

There had been a suggestion Sri Lanka going back to tour Pakistan this year but it had been politely rejected after there seemed no perceptible change in the security situation in the country.

In this series, there will be a total of three Tests played, which includes one at Abu Dhabi, and another two at Dubai and Sharjah. Three of the five ODIs will be played in Dubai while there will be one at Sharjah and another at Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi will stage the only Twenty20 match.

Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011 schedule in UAE

October 15: Arrival in the UAE

October 18-22: First Test at Abu Dhabi

October 26-30: Second Test at Dubai

November 3-7: Third Test at Sharjah

November 11: First ODI at Dubai

November 14: Second ODI at Dubai

November 18: Third ODI at Dubai

November 20: Fourth ODI at Sharjah

November 23: Fifth ODI at Abu Dhabi

November 25: T20I at Abu Dhabi

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