Pakistan announces Sri Lanka itinerary

KARACHI, August 30, 2011 (AFP) – Pakistan announced Tuesday the itinerary for their autumn series against Sri Lanka to be played in the neutral territory of the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan have been forced to play on foreign soil since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore two years ago shattered the global cricketing community’s faith in the nation being able guarantee the safety of touring sides.

Eight people died while seven Sri Lankan players and a coach were wounded in the attack, which ended already fragile hopes of the insurgency-wracked nation hosting international cricket.

Pakistan, which has been playing its home matches in the UAE since 2008, offered to host Sri Lanka at home but the invitation was rejected after a military base in Karachi was attacked in May this year. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play three Tests — one each in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah — while three ODIs will go ahead in Dubai and one each in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi will stage the only Twenty20 match.