Sat, 18 Jan 2014 13:15:00 GMT | By Reuters

Pakistan replace Australian test with three one-dayers

PCB said the decision to scrap a Test was taken with the aim of giving the team some more ODI game practice ahead of the 2015 World Cup

Pakistan replace Australian test with three one-dayersq (© Corbis)

Karachi: Pakistan want to re-jig their series against Australia by dropping one test and including three one-dayers to make it more financially viable, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.

The October-November home series in neutral UAE had originally included only three tests but with the 2015 World Cup months away, the hosts wanted to get some practice in the limited overs format as well as making the tour more cost effective.

"We have asked Australia to play two tests and three one-dayers and we are also trying to add an additional T20 match in the series," a senior official of the board told Reuters.

The PCB has been criticised by former players for neglecting test cricket and giving importance to limited over matches.

But the official said that as no test teams have toured Pakistan since 2009 and home series are usually played in the UAE, the board needs to schedule include one-dayers to make such tours financially viable.

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