Abu Dhabi set to host its debut Test match between Pakistan, South Africa

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Karachi, Apr.1 (ANI): Abu Dhabi is likely to become the newest Test venue in the world with Pakistan planning to hold one of its two 'home' Tests against South Africa in October here.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become Pakistan's second home for hosting its 'home' cricket series, as several foreign teams have refused to tour the country due to security reasons.

According to sources, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to stage one of the two Tests against the Proteas at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The other Test is likely to be held in Sharjah, which has hosted four Test matches in the past.

Apart from the two Tests, the PCB is also planning to host a five match one-day international series against South Africa in the UAE, besides two T20 games.

Abu Dhabi cricket officials have expressed pleasure over the fact that their city would be getting an opportunity to host a five-day match for the first time.

"It is very, very encouraging that we will soon be an international Test match venue," The News quoted Dilawar Mani, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, adding that the Zayed Stadium, where the match would be held is all prepared to host the game.

The stadium has hosted four-day matches in the past.

"This wicket looks so flat to me we could probably play a 10-day game on it. It is absolutely ready for a Test match. I think our groundsman has done a great job," Mani said. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, April 1, 2010, 14:47 [IST]
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