30th August 2011, 01:50 PM
Pakistan announces Sri Lanka itinerary
Pakistan announced Tuesday the itinerary for their autumn series against Sri Lanka to be played in the neutral territory of the United Arab Emirates.
©AFP - Arif Ali
KARACHI (AFP) - Pakistan announced Tuesday the itinerary for their autumn series against Sri Lanka to be played in the neutral territory of the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan have been forced to play on foreign soil since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore two years ago shattered the global cricketing community's faith in the nation being able guarantee the safety of touring sides.
Eight people died while seven Sri Lankan players and a coach were wounded in the attack, which ended already fragile hopes of the insurgency-wracked nation hosting international cricket.
Pakistan, which has been playing its home matches in the UAE since 2008, offered to host Sri Lanka at home but the invitation was rejected after a military base in Karachi was attacked in May this year.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play three Tests -- one each in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah -- while three ODIs will go ahead in Dubai and one each in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi will stage the only Twenty20 match.
October 15 - Teams arrive in the UAE
October 18-22 - First Test - Abu Dhabi
October 26-30 - Second Test - Dubai
November 3-7 - Third Test - Sharjah
November 11 - First one-day international - Dubai
November 14 - Second one-day international - Dubai
November 18 - Third one-day international - Dubai
November 20 - Fourth one-day international - Sharjah
November 23 - Fifth one-day international - Abu Dhabi
November 25 - Twenty20 match - Abu Dhabi
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