Pakistan to 'host' Sri Lanka and England in UAE

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 07:20 hrs

Pakistan will play their next 'home' cricket series against Sri Lanka and England in the United Arab Emirates.

"We have finalized both the series against Sri Lanka and England and both will be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai," The Daily Times quoted a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official, as saying.

Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in October and November, and England in January and February 2012.

Pakistan will play three Tests, five ODI matches and a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka.

The England schedule will be "finalized soon".

The announcement comes after Sri Lanka turned down an invitation to return to Pakistan, two years after a deadly militant ambush in Lahore wounded seven of their players and an assistant coach.

The attack occurred on March 3, 2009, when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

The attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the outlawed militant groups with close links to Al-Qaeda. (ANI)

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