UAE to remain Pakistan’s ‘home’ venue, confirms PCB

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that United Arab Emirates (UAE) will continue to be be their ‘home’ group after reaching an agreement with their Emirati counterpart.PCB announced that they will continue to play their international ‘home’ game in the UAE at reduced costs.Since 2009 when a gun and grenade attack injured six Sri Lanka players in Lahore and killed eight Pakistanis, Pakistan have been hosting most of their international matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.Uncertainty arose following reports that the Afghanistan Premier League would be played in UAE in October, coinciding with Pakistan’s home series against Australia and New Zealand.”The PCB and ECB (Emirates Cricket Board) have held fruitful discussions on matters of mutual interest,” a joint statement read.”The ECB has committed to a significant reduction of the costs to Pakistan Cricket Board of holding tournaments with immediate effect.”The agreement also states that the ECB will not host any league during Pakistan’s international or domestic T20 matches in the UAE.Recently, Pakistan played a two-match Twenty20 International series against Scotland and clean-sweeped it.Shoaib Malik starred in both the matches that Pakistan won by 48 runs and 84 runs, respectively.Malik scored 102 runs in the two matches while Sarfraz Ahmed smashed 89 not out in the first T20I.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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