Pakistan "will continue to use the UAE as a home for its cricket commitments, having all but sealed the deal for two series later this year against South Africa and Sri Lanka," according to Osman Samiuddin of THE NATIONAL. Fans "can expect up to 19 international games across the three formats from October onwards." Officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board "were in the UAE recently to discuss details with the Emirates Cricket Board." Talks "covered a proposed itinerary as well as budgets and they left with an informal understanding that the games will be played here." Pakistan has been forced to play its cricket abroad since March '09, "after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore" as it was on its way to Gaddafi Stadium for a Test (THE NATIONAL, 6/24). PAKISTAN TODAY reported Pakistan plays two Tests, five one-day and three Twenty20 internationals against South Africa in October-November before returning to play three Tests, five one-day and two T20s against Sri Lanka in December-January. The PCB on Monday "took out an advertisement in a local newspaper, inviting bids to sponsor two series" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 6/24).
Events and Attractions
The health and well-being of athletes "will be given top priority amidst the worsening haze conditions ahead of the 16th Malaysia Games (Sukma), which will begin on Thursday," according to Ashreena Pillai of THE STAR. According to the Department of Environment's figures, the Air Pollutant Index is at an unhealthy level. National Sports Council Director General Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, however, said that "there were no plans to call off the Games yet." Embong "did not rule out the possibility of postponing the outdoor events" (THE STAR, 6/25).
CARDIFF CITY CANCELS: The London GUARDIAN reported Premier League side Cardiff City has called off its promotional tour of Malaysia due to "poor air quality" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cardiff City Manager Malky Mackay "had been due to fly out" with assistant David Kerslake, players Craig Bellamy and Mark Hudson, and other members of the club for what it called a "trip that included 1 Malaysia Cardiff City grassroots coaching initiatives, schools and meeting with the Malaysian press" (GUARDIAN, 6/25).
The NBA "will return to London next January" after it was announced Tuesday that the O2 Arena "will stage a regular-season game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets." It will be the eighth time that the NBA has come to the capital but "only the fourth time it has been a 'regular season' game after the Detroit Pistons took on the N.Y. Knicks" earlier this year (London EVENING STANDARD, 6/25). ... Euroleague and the NBA have announced that Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow will travel to the U.S. to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. CSKA Moscow will meet the Timberwolves on Oct. 7 in Minnesota before traveling to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Oct. 9. The games are part of the Euroliga U.S. Tour (MARCA, 6/24).