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- 25th June 2012, 08:30 AM #1
Pakistan-Australia six-match T20 series approved
The ICC has approved a six-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Australia, which if it goes ahead will be the longest bilateral T20 series ever staged by international sides.
The PCB had originally been keen to lock in a series of three T20s and three ODIs in the United Arab Emirates in August, but the extreme heat at that time of year raised serious concerns from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association.
The ICC has a rule limiting the number of matches in a bilateral T20 series to three, but countries can ask for special dispensation to hold a longer series in exceptional circumstances. The PCB's struggle to find a suitable venue for an ODI series in August prompted a proposal for a six-match T20 series, which has been approved at the ICC Chief Executives' meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
"The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) requested support for the flexibility to stage a six-match Twenty20 International series against Australia potentially in the United Arab Emirates in August," the ICC said in a statement. "This request required a special dispensation from the CEC and then the ICC Board as the current regulation permits only three T20I in a series.
"Because of the extreme daytime heat in the UAE at that time of the year, the CEC raised no objections to the principle of a six-match T20I series replacing the scheduled series of three ODIs and three T20Is should the PCB elect to make that switch."
A number of three-match T20 series have been held between international sides in the past, but never have four or more games been approved by the ICC. A Cricket Australia spokesman told ESPNcricinfo on Monday afternoon CA was still waiting for further details of the series from the PCB.
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