KARACHI - Pakistan on Tuesday announced the schedule for its series against South Africa in October, involving two Tests, five one-day matches and two Twenty20 games.
The series will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- Pakistan's de facto home grounds for international cricket since 2009. Pakistan have been forced to play abroad because foreign teams have refused to tour the country since Islamist gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009.
It will be South Africa's second series against Pakistan in the UAE, following two Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20s in 2010. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the matches will be played between October 14 and November 15. South Africa, ranked number one in Tests, will open the tour with a three-day warm-up match before the first Test in Abu Dhabi on October 14.
SCHEDULE
14-18 Oct
1st Test     Abu Dhabi
23-27 Oct
2nd Test     Dubai
30 Oct
1st oDI     Sharjah
1 Nov
2nd oDI    Dubai
6 Nov
3rd oDI    Abu Dhabi
8 Nov
4th oDI    Abu Dhabi
11 Nov
5th oDI    Sharjah
13 Nov
1st T20     Dubai
15 Nov
2nd T20    Dubai