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Sat 28 Feb 2009 01:29 PM

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Australia to play Pakistan in UAE this April

Matches will be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi after security concerns about visiting Pakistan.

The UAE is to host five one-day matches and a twenty20 game between Australia and Pakistan at end of April and early May, it has been confirmed.

The Australian team will arrive in the UAE after its current tour of South Africa ends for the match, after refusing to travel to Pakistan amid security concerns, according to sports website www.ebc.co.uk .

Ijaz Butt, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, made the announcement following discussions with the Australian team following an International Cricket Council meeting in Perth last month.

The matches will take place at the Sports City Cricket Stadium in Dubai, before moving to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from April 22 to May 7.

“On the request of Cricket Australia (CA) we have rescheduled the series,” Butt said.

Australia will fly directly to Dubai from Johannesburg, after the fifth one-day international on April 17.

Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998. In 2002 a three-Test series between the nations was moved to Colombo and Sharjah because of Australia’s security worries.

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