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    Pakistan 'to reveal neutral venue' for the series against Australia.

    Pakistan will announce a neutral venue next week for the Test series against Australia. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Sharjah are the three options under consideration.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/2189871.stm

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    Pakistanis would rather play Australia Test series in Sharjah

    The Pakistani cricketers have indicated to their cricket board that they would prefer to play the October Test series against Australia at Sharjah rather than in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. Sources in the Pakistan camp said that the Board had on Wednesday asked manager Yawar Saeed to get feedback from the players which venue they would prefer to play at against Australia if the October series was relocated.

    "The majority of the players indicated to Yawar that they would prefer to take on Australia at Sharjah, which they treat as a second home and believe where they cannot lose to any team," said the source. Pakistan enjoys an unusually dominant record at Sharjah in One-day Internationals and earlier this year also outclassed the West Indies 2-0 in the two Tests played at the Gulf venue.

    The source said the players believed that the comfort level of playing at Sharjah was high and secondly they had a psychological belief that no team can beat them at Sharjah. The Pakistan board has yet to announce where it plans to relocate the Test series after the Australian board last week announced it would not be touring Pakistan due to security concerns for the players. However, the ACB has said it is willing and keen to play the series at any other venue during the same time frame of October 1 to 29.

    Although Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have been recommended by the television agents of the PCB as the best possible alternate venues to host the series against Australia, it is learnt the PCB itself is reluctant to go to these two countries as it would not get the same benefits and it stands to gain more revenues if it shifted the series to Sharjah.

    An official of the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) said that the CBFS had no problems arranging for the series if the PCB wanted and assured that the weather in the month of October would also be tolerable. TransWorld International (TWI), who are the television agents of the PCB, have insisted that the Tests should be played in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka as the time zone would ensure that the broadcasters buying the television rights of the series are satisfied.

    However, what is interesting is that there is only a time difference of two hours between Sharjah and Pakistan. And this would also more or less be the same time difference if the series was held in either Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The CBFS official admitted though that the PCB would have to think about the fact the series might not attract many spectators to the grounds in Sharjah as had been the disappointing exercise during the series against the West Indies earlier this year.

    With the TWI reportedly also not guaranteeing much income for the PCB from sale of the television rights of the Test series no matter at which venue it is held, there is also a feeling in the Pakistan camp that with the World Cup also coming up, the PCB should consider revising the nature of the series.

    The feeling is that the PCB can also convince the Australians to play just two Tests and three or five One-day Internationals or scrap the Tests and organise just a triangular series with Zimbabwe as the third team in Sharjah as this would ensure more spectator participation and more income for the Board. Zimbabwe cricket board President Peter Chingoka has said that his country would be willing to tour Pakistan in October after their series in Sri Lanka to play one-day matches if the PCB sent them an offer in writing.

    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/aug20.../sports/s2.htm

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      http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_d...ustralian tour

      Australia's Pakistan tour to be played in Colombo and Sharjah
      Staff Reporter - 17 August 2002


      Cricket officials have confirmed that Australia's three-Test tour of Pakistan will now be played in Sri Lanka and Sharjah.

      The first Test will be played at Colombo, after which the two teams will travel to the desert city of Sharjah for the final two games.

      The date and exact venue of the Colombo venue will be confirmed shortly, but is expected to start soon after the ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka that finishes on 29 Sept.

      Australian Cricket Board (ACB) had refused to tour Pakistan, claiming that the safety of their players could not be guaranteed.

      New Zealand were forced to abort a Test series last March after a bomb explosion outside their team hotel in Karachi killed 11 people.

      In February West Indies had also refused to tour Pakistan, forcing their two-Test tour of Pakistan to be played at Sharjah.

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        Originally posted by ehsan:
        http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_d...ustralian tour

        Australia's Pakistan tour to be played in Colombo and Sharjah
        Staff Reporter - 17 August 2002


        Cricket officials have confirmed that Australia's three-Test tour of Pakistan will now be played in Sri Lanka and Sharjah.

        The first Test will be played at Colombo, after which the two teams will travel to the desert city of Sharjah for the final two games.

        The date and exact venue of the Colombo venue will be confirmed shortly, but is expected to start soon after the ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka that finishes on 29 Sept.

        Australian Cricket Board (ACB) had refused to tour Pakistan, claiming that the safety of their players could not be guaranteed.

        New Zealand were forced to abort a Test series last March after a bomb explosion outside their team hotel in Karachi killed 11 people.

        In February West Indies had also refused to tour Pakistan, forcing their two-Test tour of Pakistan to be played at Sharjah.
        whtz the reason behind playing test seriez in colombo and sharjah...? :-/

        God bless u all

        DerVaisH

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