SA to host neutral ODI series?
Cape Town – South Africa is reportedly among three options
being considered by the Pakistan Cricket Board for their supposed “home” series
against Australia in August.GALLERY: Best pictures from the weekend
Cricinfo has reported that the PCB is exploring the
possibility of any of South Africa, Zimbabwe or Malaysia staging the matches,
which will probably involve five one-day internationals and three Twenty20
Pakistan has not been able to stage series at home since
2009 because of security concerns, and normally relied on the United Arab
Emirates subsequently as an alternative.
But temperatures in August get unbearably hot there, ruling
out cricket as a viable option.
South Africa would have weather issues of its own at that
time of the year, with the Western Cape still in its wet winter season,
Highveld pitches only decently prepared if spring has taken root early there
and KwaZulu-Natal thus arguably the only realistic option.
Malaysia last featured top-tier international cricket in
2006, when the country hosted a triangular involving India, Australia and West
Indies in Kuala Lumpur.