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Pakistan have announced the itinerary for their series against Australia and New Zealand to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the next three months.

Pakistan start the season with the Asia Cup in the UAE from September 15. They will then host Australia for two tests and three Twenty20 internationals from October 7 to 28.

This will be Australia’s first test series since the infamous ball-tampering row during the match against SA in Cape Town in March. That scandal ended in a one-year ban from international cricket for the then-captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner. Opener Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban.

Following the Australia series, Pakistan will host New Zealand in the UAE for three Twenty20 internationals, three one-day internationals and three tests between October 31 and December 7.

Pakistan have been forced to play their "home" matches in the UAE since terrorists attacked the bus of the Sri Lankan team in March 2009. Although Pakistan have hosted a few international matches between 2015-2018, Australia and New Zealand refused to visit the country due to security fears. Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998, while New Zealand’s last tour was in 2003.

AFP

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