Pakistan will play its 'home' series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates later this year due to foreign teams' continuing security concerns about touring in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the itinerary on Monday, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi as the venues for two test matches, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international in October and November. Security has been an issue since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March, 2009, leaving six policemen and a driver dead and several Sri Lanka players injured. Pakistan subsequently played its one-day series against Australia and New Zealand in the UAE and switched its 'home' test series against New Zealand to New Zealand. It was also dropped as a co-host of the 2011 World Cup and will play its 'home' test series against Australia in England in July. PCB chairman Ijaz Butt thanked Cricket South Africa officials for understanding Pakistan's problems and agreeing to play at a neutral venue. ''I am grateful to Dr. Mtutuzeli Nyoka (president) and Gerald Majola (chief executive officer) for their understanding of our position and supporting us to make this event possible,'' Butt said in a statement. ''PCB and Cricket South Africa have worked hard to bring this event about and we are very excited to be returning to the world class facilities in the UAE. We look forward to a tough contest.'' Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host the Twenty20 international on Oct. 27, two one-day games on Oct. 29 and Oct. 3, and the second test from Nov. 20-24. Dubai's sports city ground will organize three ODIs on Nov. 2, Nov. 5 and Nov. 8 and the first test match from Nov. 12-16.
By: Dawn News