LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board is looking for alternative venues for their one-day home series against Australia after Sri Lanka refused offer to host the matches in the island, it has been learnt on Saturday.
In March, Sri Lanka agreed in principle to host the series. Pakistan have played their "home" series abroad, mainly in the United Arab Emirates, since March 2009...The five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches clash with some of the dates of the Sri Lanka Premier League T20 competition which runs from August 10-31.
"Initially the SLC (Sri Lankan Cricket) offered to host the series and we stopped negotiating with others but at the eleventh hour they announced the dates of SLPL which clashed with the Pakistan-Australia series and we are considering to shift it to UAE, Malaysia or South Africa,” the source added.
"It is very unfortunate that Sri Lanka is no longer hosting our series in August due to the Sri Lankan Premier League," a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed to this scribe on condition of anonymity.
"The Pakistan Cricket Board had started preparations for the series but now we have to look at other neutral venues after this latest development. ".This series is very important for us ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in September," he said.
South Africa, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates are possible alternate venues
Since Sri Lanka told Pakistan of its decision on Friday, Pakistan had started negotiations with other countries about hosting the series, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Malaysia or South Africa,” the source revealed.
No international team visited Pakistan since March 2009 after terrorists attack on the Sri Lankan team and Pakistan has since had to play its home games in neutral venues such as the UAE, England and New Zealand, the source said..
Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 and forced their hosts to play in Sri Lanka, the UAE and England.
The source revealed that playing the upcoming series in Sri Lanka after its Premier League was not an option as the country would then be preparing to host the World Twenty20, from September 18 to October 8.