SA to host neutral ODI series?

2012-05-21 14:27

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.

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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 contests.

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.


  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-21 14:50

    SA will be the perfect choice. It will feel like a home series for Pakistan because of the huge support they have in this country. Furthermore, our built-in hatred for everything Aussie will drive thousands more to support the Pakis. Bring it on!

      Ray - 2012-05-21 15:27

      Will Gerald Majola still get a commission?

  • Christopher - 2012-05-21 14:57

    Well I am thinking Australia will be perfect. I don't want any bombs going off here thanks!!

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-21 15:01

      Relax, they hosted some very good series at Abu Dhabi these past few years. Their politics stays in Pakistan. Let's just hope there are no match-fixing allegations though.

  • Rob - 2012-05-21 15:26

    Hmmmmm.....I wouldnt " bet " on it !

  • Freddy - 2012-05-21 19:42

    From a sporting point of view yes. I would support this irrespective of religous faiths what ever country. STOP USING THIS SPORT OR ANY OTHER AS A "POLITICAL BATTLE AXE!!"

  • caleb.moyce - 2012-05-21 23:38

    does this mean tickets will be at lower price than usual since they are using our facilities and they'll be forking out most of the money? I'd love to watch a neutral series in SA for once :)

  • gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-22 14:30

    I'd go watch a game, it sounds interesting!

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