Australia keen to take on Pakistan after long gap: Clarke

April 20th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Apr.20 (ANI): Australia’s stand-in captain for the UAE one-day international series against Pakistan, Michael Clarke, has said that his team is desperate to take the field against Pakistan, whom they have not played much in the recent past.

“We are playing Pakistan after all, after a long time, so we want to make the most of this opportunity on a wonderful ground here,” The News quoted Clarke, as saying.

Clarke looked particularly pleased by facilities of the Dubai Sports City’s stadium, where the first game of the five match series would be played on Wednesday.

Australia and Pakistan have not played against each other in a fifty over game since February 2005.

It’s been more than a decade since the Kangaroos last visited Pakistan.

Australia was scheduled to tour Pakistan in 2008, but the tour was cancelled in the wake of the precarious security conditions in the country, but later Cricket Australia agreed play Pakistan on a neutral venue.

UAE was ultimately selected to host both the teams for the five match one-day international series. (ANI)

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