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Fewer ODIS LIKELY AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Pakistan's "home" series oflimited-over games againstAustralia is likely to be reduced to a mix of three ODIs instead of five, and three Twenty20 internationals, with the UAE remaining the most likely venue. Plans for more Twenty20 games - asreported by ESPNcricinfo yesterday - have come unstuck because of a time crunch to get the ICC's approval as required.
The series, according to PCB sources, will be held after the month of Ramadan, which ends on August 18; this will ensure its proximity to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which begins on September 18. To beat the summer heat, the matches are likely to be held in the late evening, with the ODIsstarting at 5 pm and the Twenty20 games at 7 pm.
"Plan is to play three ODIs and three T20Is," Intikhab Alam, the PCB's director for international operations, told reporters on Wednesday. "I have given my assessment reports about both venues [UAE and Malaysia] and the announcement will be made within this week."
Any Twenty20 series comprising more than three matches requires the ICC's permission; though the idea of a five-game series is open for discussion in the ICC Executive Board meeting later this month, formal approval might take some more time - which the boards don't have.
"We've always said to Pakistan this is your home, come and play when you want to and we make it cost-effective for them," Dilawar Mani, the chief executive of the Emirates cricket board told ESPNcricinfo. "Yes it's goingto be hot and humid, but heat is not as much of an issue as the humidity is."


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