KARACHI // Pakistan announced on Friday they will play a full series of three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates starting in December.
Since an attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan have been forced to play all top-level home international matches at neutral venues with insecurity too great for foreign teams to tour.
Sri Lanka will open the tour with two Twenty20s in Dubai on December 11 and 13 before playing five one-dayers between December 18 and 27, two in Sharjah on December 18 and 22; two in Abu Dhabi on December 25 and 27; and one in Dubai on December 20.
The three Tests will be played in Dubai from December 31-January 4, in Abu Dhabi from January 8-12 and Sharjah from January 16-20.
Pakistan are also likely to play a Twenty20 against Afghanistan on December 8, which would be the first between the two teams. Final confirmation of the match is due in a few days.
Dec 7 Sri Lanka arrive in Dubai
Dec 8 Pakistan v Afghanistan, one-off T20 (to be confirmed)
Dec 11 Pakistan v Sri Lanka, first T20, Dubai
Dec 13 Second T20, Dubai
Dec 18 First ODI, Sharjah
Dec 20 Second ODI, Dubai
Dec 22 Third ODI, Sharjah
Dec 25 Fourth ODI, Abu Dhabi
Dec 27 Fifth ODI, Abu Dhabi
Dec 31-Jan 4 First Test, Dubai
Jan 8-12 Second Test, Abu Dhabi
Jan 16-20 Third Test, Sharjah