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Australia's refusal forced Pakistan to play ODIs in UAE

AFP  |  Karachi 

authorities were forced to schedule all five one-day internationals against in the after the Aussies refused to visit the Asian country over security fears.

Board (PCB) had invited to play two of the five one-day internationals in to further their attempts to revive international at home, suspended since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Since then Pakistan have hosted finals of for the last two years and played matches against a World XI, and the

A women's team played three Twenty20 internationals in from January 31-February 3 this year.

But Cricket (CA) acted on their government's advise not to tour Pakistan where no Australian senior team has played since 1998 over security fears.

PCB showed disappointment over Australia's refusal to tour.

"The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral international series," said Khan.

"But we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia playing in our country."

The five-match series will kick off both team's preparation for to be held in England from May 30-July 14.

Sharjah will host the first two matches on March 22 and 24 followed by matches in (March 27) and (March 29 and 31).

Itinerary:


22 March - 1st ODI, Sharjah (d/n)

24 March - 2nd ODI, Sharjah (d/n)

27 March - 3rd ODI, (d/n)

29 March - 4th ODI, (d/n)

31 March - 5th ODI, (d/n).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 16:50 IST
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