PCB struggles with Australia, NZ series schedule

PCB struggles with Australia, NZ series schedule

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is finding it tough to chalk out the schedule for their upcoming Australia and New Zealand home series, which are to be played in the UAE.

Pakistan will take on Australia in two Tests and three T20Is in October, it will be the same window when Afghan Premier League will take place at Sharjah, which will result in just two venues available for the PCB to host the Aussies, which are Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The Pakistan Cricket Board will find the same difficulty when New Zealand will tour the UAE to play three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I against the Men in Green, as the T10 League will be taking place simultaneously at Sharjah, which will again leave just two venues for the PCB.

With these lucrative leagues taking place, especially at the venue of Sharjah that attracts more crowd as compared to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Pakistan’s Test matches are likely to lose public interest.

As per reports, PCB is not happy with the amount of cricket being played in the UAE during Pakistan’s home series, but they cannot do much about that.

“We’ve an agreement with UAE cricket authorities to not host any cricket 35 days prior to the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, they can host any league, be it their own or of any other country during our home season. With so much cricket to be played and just three venues available, I am sure it was hard for them as well to find window for so many leagues,” Express Tribune quoted Najam Sethi.

Earlier, Pakistan weighed Malaysia as their new adopted home as hosting series in the UAE are expensive and with the number of glittering leagues increasing, holding home assignments there, does not remain profitable.

However, PCB agreed on terms with the Emirates Cricket Board and the former shelved the idea of shifting their home venue.