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    UAE to host Pakistan-Australia series

    Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed the United Arab Emirates as the venue for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s against Australia in August.

    PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said the ODIs will start at 6:00 pm local time to counter extreme daytime heat in the UAE while T20s begin at 8:00 pm. Sarwar said the matches will be played at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

    Pakistan has been forced to host its home matches at neutral venues since 2009 when gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka team bus.

    Sarwar said the itinerary of matches against Australia will be finalized by next week.