Australia and Pakistan will play their matches in the evening in order to beat the heat
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has announced that the national team will face different conditions when travelling to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan later this month.
However, Sutherland also noted that the adjustment to the conditions will not be that significant.
Australia will play Pakistan in three ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals from late August to September, and all the matches are scheduled to begin in the evening, in order to beat the sweltering heat of the day.
But the decision to start games at 6pm has caused some issues to be raised by the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) as the matches will only finish at 1.45am.
Speaking exclusively to the AAP, Sutherland said: “It’ll be hot, but the sun’s not going to be shining and that’s probably the really important factor there, in terms of the hours, it’s not ideal but at the same time it’s just an adjustment that the players will need to [make]. It’s the same for both teams.”
Sutherland also mentioned that the time even though the games will finish late in the morning, it will still not be a significant factor as to how Australia perform throughout the tour.
“There are many people in the world who work different hours and these will be different hours for our players, unconventional hours for cricket perhaps. But the game’s only going a couple of hours later than it would ordinarily, so I’m not sure that adjustment is really that significant,” Sutherland added.
Cricket Australia officials visited the United Arab Emirates late last month in order to see what conditions await the national team.
The series was supposed to be hosted in Pakistan, but due to security concerns, Pakistan’s ‘home’ series have lately been held in the UAE.
The ACA expressed their worries about playing ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals in the hot and dry conditions, which prompted the series to be changed into a six match Twenty20 affair, which was approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later approached Cricket Australia and asked them to review the series again, since the series’ broadcaster had objected to the number of Twenty20 Internationals due to commercial reasons.
Hence, the new schedule for the series was announced by the PCB late last month.
Initially the venue for the series had also been a problem since it was supposed to be played in Sri Lanka, but they backed out in May, after realising the series would clash with their inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League.