Australia’s first Test series since the controversial tour of South Africa has been confirmed, with Tim Paine’s team to take on Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.
The Pakistan Cricket Board released the schedule for October’s Qantas tour of the UAE on Tuesday, with Australia to meet the hosts in two Tests and three T20 Internationals between October 7-28.
The first Test will be played at the Dubai International Stadium from October 7-11, with a four-day break before the second Test begins at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from October 16.
Three T20Is will follow in Abu Dhabi (October 24) and in Dubai (October 26 and 28).
Australia will acclimatise with a four-day tour match against Pakistan A at the International Cricket Council’s Academy in Dubai from September 29-October 2.
Justin Langer and Tim Paine will be hoping the tourists fare better than their most recent tour of the UAE in 2014, when Australia were soundly defeated in both Tests, by 221 and 356 runs respectively.
The PCB also confirmed the schedule for its home series against New Zealand in November, as well as ‘A’ series against both New Zealand and England.
Pakistan will play New Zealand in three T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests from October 31-December 7, with matches to be played in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
QANTAS TOUR OF THE UAE
September 29-October 2: Warm-up match v Pakistan A, ICC Academy, Dubai
October 7-11: First Test, Dubai International Stadium
October 16-20: Second Test, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 24: First T20I, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 26: Second T20I, Dubai International Stadium
October 28: Third T20I, Dubai International Stadium
PAKISTAN v NEW ZEALAND
October 31: First T20I, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 2: Second T20I, Dubai International Stadium
November 4: Third T20I, Dubai International Stadium
November 7: First ODI, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 9: Second ODI, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 11: Third ODI, Dubai International Stadium
November 16-20: First Test, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 24-28: Second Test, Dubai International Stadium
December 3-7: Third Test, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi