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PCB making efforts to host Australia in Pakistan

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said it is making efforts to host Australia in Pakistan during the next series between the two teams.

“The schedule for the five-match series between Pakistan and Australia has not changed. The series will be held next year from March 19 to 31,” the PCB said.

A source said the board is making efforts to host a match or two of the series in Pakistan.

“We are making efforts to host one or two matches in Pakistan for which Karachi or Lahore is an option,” the source said.

According to the Future Tour Programme, Pakistan will play five one-day internationals against Australia in March 2019. The two teams will face each other again at the end of October, when Pakistan will play a series of two Tests and three T20Is down under.

Earlier, Pakistan secured a 3-0 T20 series whitewash over Australia with a 33-run victory in Dubai on Sunday.

Azam’s 40-ball 50 lifted Pakistan to another challenging total of 150-5 before Shadab’s 3-19 helped bowl Australia out for 117 in 19.1 overs.

It was Pakistan’s first-ever whitewash against Australia in a limited-over series and their 10th series win under Sarfraz Ahmed since he took over as captain in September 2016.

Pakistan justified their world-number-one ranking in the shortest format of the game, following a 66-run thrashing in Abu Dhabi with an 11-run win in Dubai.

Sarfraz said the series win was “a reward for hard work”.

I would say that all the boys have worked hard in all facets, the result is just the reward, said Sarfraz.

“Whoever has got an opportunity has done well. We wanted to carry forward the momentum to the New Zealand series, the way we bowled and took our catches was superb tonight.”

Finch admitted it was disappointing to come up so short when chasing 151 to win.

We had our chances in all three games,” said Finch. “You back yourself while chasing under 150, you back your batsmen to get the side over the line but it didn’t happen.

“Our bowling was very impressive all series, keeping them to below 150 was great. We’re looking forward to a tough series against South Africa (at home).”

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