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Sharjah to host international matches after 8 years

Sharjah to host international matches after 8 years
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Aug 30 2011. 03 25 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 30 2011. 03 25 PM IST
Lahore: Pakistan have been scheduled to play one Test and a One-dayer against Sri Lanka later this year at the Sharjah International stadium, leading to revival of the facility as an international venue after a gap of nearly eight years.
Sharjah hosted the highest number of one-dayers between 1984 and 2003 and also organized the Pakistan Test series against West Indies and Australia in 2002.
But since 2003 the Sharjah international stadium, owned by Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, has hosted no international match due to lack of support from the Indian Cricket Board, which regularly sent its team along with Pakistan to play during the hey days of Bukhatir.
A Pakistan Cricket board official said both the teams would play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a T20 match in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from 18 October to 26 November 2011.
The official said Sharjah was allotted the matches after a delegation of the Board visited the stadium which has been renovated recently.
“The stadium is ready now and the Emirate cricket board has also given the green signal for the revival of international cricket at the venue,” he said.
Pakistan has been forced to play its ‘home´ series against Sri Lanka in the UAE after the Lankans refused to tour Pakistan because of security concerns.
The reaction of the Lankans was expected after their team was attacked by militants in Lahore near the Gaddafi stadium in March 2009, leaving seven Pakistanis dead and several of the visiting players injured in the firing.
The incident led to foreign teams refusing to tour Pakistan for Test or international matches forcing the PCB to play its ‘home´ series since than at neutral venues with the UAE having hosted the most number of matches of the Pakistan team since 2009.
Sri Lanka had also offered to host the series at home but the offer was declined by the PCB because of cost issues as they insisted it was more economical to have the series in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah which has large number of Pakistani expatriates working or residing in these states.
Pakistan is also due to host England in January-February next year in the UAE for a full series. Itinerary: 18-22 October First Test at Abu Dhabi 26th-30th October -Second Test in Dubai 3-7 November Third Test at Sharjah 11 November - 1st ODI at Dubai , 14 November -2nd ODI at Dubai 18th November 3rd ODI-at Dubai , 20th Nov ember 4th ODI at Sharjah 23rd November 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi , 25th November T20 international at Abu Dhabi.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 30 2011. 03 25 PM IST
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