ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pakistan A to play eight matches on Australia tour


Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that it has arranged eight matches for the Pakistan A team that tours Australia in June-July this year.

Pakistan’s second-string players will get the golden opportunity of playing against top class teams on the Australia tour which would be restricted to Darwin and Cairns the only two Test venues where cricket is played Down Under during June and July.

“The Australians have invited the A teams from India, Pakistan and New Zealand for a the top end series — comprising Twenty20, one-day and four-day fixtures — to be held in Darwin and Cairns in July 2006,” a PCB official said.

He said as part of the tour programme, representative teams from Queensland and the Northern Territory will also take part in the series, providing participants with an excellent opportunity to gain experience against some of international cricket’s aspirants.

“James Sutherland, CEO of CA has said the series will be a perfect occasion for fans in Darwin and Cairns to enjoy international cricket in their own backyard,” the PCB official stated.

Pakistan, during their tour, would be playing matches against the Australian, Indian and New Zealand teams and these would include two Twenty20 matches and two four-day fixtures against the hosts and New Zealand.

Sutherland said in a statement on the Cricket Australia website that having four international teams taking part during what is a relatively quiet time on the international cricket programme ensures that some of the world’s best cricketers are available to take part in the series, which is a fantastic boost for cricket fans in Darwin and Cairns.

The full tour itinerary reads: July 5: Pakistan v India (Twenty20). July 7: Pakistan v India (one-day match). July 9: Pakistan v Australia (one-day match). July 11: Pakistan v Australia (four-day game). July 17: Pakistan v New Zealand (four-day game). July 22: Pakistan v Queensland (one-day game). July 25: Pakistan v New Zealand (one-day match). July 28: Pakistan v Australia (Twenty20 match).

Source: The News

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