West Indies, Pakistan for day-night Test in October
Pakistan will play their first day-night Test with a pink ball in Dubai against West Indies from October 13 to 17, the PCB announced on Thursday. The Pakistan board released the schedule for West Indies’ tour of the UAE, which starts on September 23 and comprises three T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests.
Dubai will host the first two T20I matches on September 23 and 24, with the third one being held in Abu Dhabi on September 27. The ODI series will be played between September 30 and October 5, with
Sharjah and Abu Dhabi listed as venues. The day-night Test will be the first in the three-match series, and West Indies will play a day-night tour match against PCB Patrons XI between October 7 and 9 in Sharjah to prepare for the first Test. The second and third Tests will be held in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, from October 21 and October 30 respectively.
In June, an initially reluctant WICB had agreed in principle to play a day-night Test in the UAE, following the PCB’s offer of a practice match and training sessions under lights. Pakistan are also scheduled to play second day-night Test in the 2016-17 season, against Australia in Brisbane from December 15.
Apart from the day-night tour game, West Indies are scheduled to play two tour matches – a T20 and a two-day game – against an ECB XI. Both matches will be held at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
The PCB had also mulled hosting West Indies in Sri Lanka to counter the growing expenses in the UAE, which has been host to Pakistan’s home series for a decade now. The idea, however, was dropped after assessing the drawbacks of playing in Sri Lanka during the monsoon. (ESPNCricinfo)
FIXTURE: Pakistan v WI in the UAE
- September 20: T20 tour match v ECB XI, ICC Academy
- September 23: 1st T20I, Dubai
- September 24: 2nd T20I, Dubai
- September 27: 3rd T20I, Abu Dhabi
- September 30: 1st ODI, Sharjah
- October 2: 2nd ODI, Sharjah
- October 3-4: Two-day tour match v ECB XI, ICC Academy
- October 5: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
- October 7-9: Three-day tour match v PCB Patrons XI (D/N), Sharjah
- October 13-17: 1st Test, Dubai (D/N)
- October 21-25: 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi
- October 30-November 3: 3rd Test, Sharjah