Abu Dhabi’s new-look Zayed Cricket Stadium will stage the first day/night Test starting September 28 as well as two ODIs and two T20 games between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The second Test will be played in Dubai and one T20I will be played in Lahore “subject to security clearance”, according to a PCB release.
All in all, UAE will host seven matches of the upcoming Pakistan v Sri Lanka series.
International cricket will return to Pakistan after a long gap later this month when the hosts take on World XI for three T20Is, followed by the return of Sri Lanka, who had suffered a terror attack on their team bus in March 2009.
Out of the five day-night ODIs between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the first will be played in Dubai on October 13, the second and third in Abu Dhabi, and the last two in Sharjah.
“We are thrilled the Pakistan Cricket Board has chosen Abu Dhabi to host international competition of this caliber,” said Aref Al Awani, general secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Najam Sethi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board said: “We are pleased to play in Abu Dhabi and expect that this arrangement will be mutually beneficial for future tours as well.”
“This series of fixtures continues Abu Dhabi Cricket’s excellent working partnership with the Pakistan Cricket Board” says Matthew Boucher, acting chief executive of Abu Dhabi Cricket.
“We are particularly pleased to be hosting all three formats of the game and to have been selected for the marquee Twenty20 ‘double-header’ on 26th and 27th October, where we expect to see a packed-out capacity crowd.”