13 May 2012

Sri Lanka pull out of hosting Pakistan-Australia series

9:37 am on 13 May 2012

Pakistan are looking for alternative venues for their one-day cricket series against Australia, after Sri Lanka withdrew an offer to host the matches.

The five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches clash with some of the dates of the Sri Lanka Premier League T20 competition which runs from August.

South Africa, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates are possible alternate venues

In March, Sri Lanka agreed in principle to host the series.

Pakistan have played their "home" series abroad, mainly in the United Arab Emirates, since a gun attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March 2009 killed seven people and left five players injured.