The world champions Australia will clash with India and the West Indies in a limited-overs tri-series in Malaysia from September 12 to 24, organisers said here on Wednesday.
The Malaysian Cricket Association president Tunku Imran said it was the first time Malaysia was hosting such a high-profile day-night event, a series of seven matches. “At this tournament, India, Australia and the West Indies will come together to pit their skills,” he said.
Delegates from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association have visited Malaysia to ensure the infrastructure, grounds and associated facilities are satisfactory for international cricket, CA said in Melbourne.
Further visits were planned to finalise details and to ensure player security, in line with International Cricket Council (ICC) and CA expectations and with CAs usual provisions for any overseas tour, it said.
“This tri-nations tournament is a fantastic opportunity for Australia to play cricket against world-class opposition in the run up to the ICC Champions Trophy,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement.
“It is exciting to bring the game to newer cricketing frontiers and to showcase some of the best players in the world. Our colleagues in Malaysia have enthusiastically embraced the concept of this tournament,” he remarked.
A CA spokesman said Singapore was initially discussed as a venue for some of the matches, but it was decided to stage the whole tournament in Malaysia. “Singapore was certainly discussed, but it was decided that playing the matches in the two countries didn’t stack up and that it would be a lot easier logistically to play the tournament in Malaysia,” the spokesman told.
Each team will play the other twice, with the top two advancing to the final. The seven matches will be played in Kinrara in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur hosted One-day Internationals when cricket was played at the Commonwealth Games in 1998.
The tournament will be Australia’s first international series since it toured Bangladesh in April. Schedule: Sept 12 - Australia v West Indies; Sept 14 - India v West Indies; Sept 16 - Australia v India; Sept 18 - Australia v West Indies; Sept 20 - India v West Indies; Sept 22 - Australia v India; Sept 24 ñ Final.
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