By damian reilly
Matches to take place despite calls for Pakistan to be excluded until allegations of match-fixing is resolved.
The planned cricket series between Pakistan and South Africa in the UAE during October and November will go ahead, a joint statement from organisers Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday.
The matches will take place despite recent calls from various respected figures in the game for Pakistan to be excluded from international competition until allegations regarding match-fixing and widespread corruption have been addressed and resolved.
PCB chairman Mohammad Ijaz Butt said: “I would like to thank the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for once again making their world class stadiums and facilities available to us for the upcoming series. The UAE has become a home away from home for the Pakistan cricket team and we look forward to an exciting battle between two of the top team in world cricket.”
No international cricket team will currently play in Pakistan, deeming the country too unsafe.
Pakistan’s recent cricket series in England was one of the most controversial in cricket history.
Several players were accused of conspiring with allegedly corrupt agent Mazhar Majeed to fix elements of matchplay on behalf of betting syndicates.
The tour itinerary:
• October 26, 2010: 1st Twenty20, Abu Dhabi
• October 27, 2010: 2nd Twenty20, Abu Dhabi
• October 29, 2010: 1st ODI, Abu Dhabi
• October 31, 2010: 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi
• November 2, 2010: 3rd ODI, Dubai
• November 5, 2010: 4th ODI, Dubai
• November 8, 2010: 5th ODI, Dubai
• Nov 12-16, 2010: 1st Test, Dubai
• Nov 20-24, 2010 :2nd Test, Abu Dhabi