Pakistan announced on Saturday (September 9) the itinerary for a full series against Sri Lanka that will be played mainly in neutral venues but features a planned finale in Lahore.
The series will comprise two Tests — the second a day-night affair — five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes to host the last T20I in Lahore, if the three-match series against a World XI team next week runs smoothly without incident.
Haroon Rasheed, the PCB director, said he hoped the match would be held as planned. “We have scheduled the last Twenty20 in Lahore with high hopes and it will follow our series with World XI,” Rasheed told AFP.
September 28-October 2: First Test (Abu Dhabi)
October 6-10: Second Test, D/N (Dubai)
October 13: First ODI (Dubai)
October 16: Second ODI (Abu Dhabi)
October 18: Third ODI (Abu Dhabi)
October 20: Fourth ODI (Sharjah)
October 23: Fifth ODI (Sharjah)
October 26: First T20I (Abu Dhabi)
October 27: Second T20I (Abu Dhabi)
October 29: Third T20I (Lahore)
Pakistan have been forced to play their home international games in the United Arab Emirates since a 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore suspended all international matches in the country.
Rasheed said the second Test will be a day-night affair in Dubai. “Day-night Tests are an innovation worldwide and it is aimed at attracting spectators to the ground after their office timings,” said Rasheed, a former Pakistan batsman.
Australia hosted the first day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide in 2015. Pakistan also hosted a day-night Test against Windies in Dubai last year.
PCB said the Test series commences in Abu Dhabi on September 28 and will be followed by a day-night Test in Dubai beginning October 6.
The five-match one-day series will be played in Dubai (October 13), Abu Dhabi (October 16 and 18) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23). Abu Dhabi will host the first two T20Is on October 26 and 27 while the last one will be in Lahore on October 29.