A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Australia demands Pakistan ODI series be held nearer to T20 World Cup

Ahmed is considering to start the series in the middle of August

Cricket Australia have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to schedule the ODI series between the two nations closer to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup.

The Chief Operating Officer of the PCB, Subhan Ahmed confirmed that the request had been made since the ODI series will be held in Sri Lanka, which is also the location for the Twenty20 World Cup.

The Daily Times, quoted Ahmed as saying: “Since the series with Australia is also being held in Sri Lanka both countries feel it would be best for the teams if they play closer to the World Cup.”

Pakistan have had to hold their ‘home’ series in Sri Lanka since Australia refused to tour the country due to security concerns.

“The tentative itinerary for the series has been prepared but it will be finalised when our director of International Cricket, Intikhab Alam visits Sri Lanka next week to see arrangements for the series and the venues,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed added that the series, which consists of five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, would begin in the middle of August and end on September 6 or 7 so that both teams could rest up before the Twenty20 World Cup, which will begin on September 18.

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