Sri Lanka set to play Pakistan in UAE in December

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Sri Lanka were comprehensively beaten in all three formats the last time they played against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates

Sri Lanka will travel to the United Arab Emirates in December to square off against Pakistan in a series consisting of three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

All matches in the series will either be played in Dubai, Sharjah or Abu Dhabi.

The limited overs series will take place prior to the start of the Test series, with the two Twenty20 Internationals scheduled to be played on December 11 and 13 in Dubai, while Sharjah will play host to the first ODI on December 18.

The last two ODIs will be played in Abu Dhabi.

However, prior to the start of the series, Pakistan will face Afghanistan in a one-off Twenty20 International despite the venue not being confirmed yet.

The first Test is scheduled to get underway on December 31 in Dubai, while Abu Dhabi will host the second Test from January 8 and Sharjah will be the place to be for the third and final Test, which will start on January 16.

“The tour itinerary has been approved after consultation between Pakistan Cricket Board and its counterpart Sri Lanka,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

Sri Lanka last played Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 and did not enjoy much success as the Pakistanis won the ODI series 4-1 and the Test and Twenty20 series 1-0.

However, it was quite the opposite when Pakistan toured Sri Lanka in June and July 2012 as the Lankan Lions won the Test series 1-0 and the ODI series 3-1, while the Twenty20 series finished as a draw.

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