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Aussies raise concerns over playing in UAE

Posted Fri 22 Jun 2012 09:02:02 pm in News, Sports | By News Desk

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Australian cricket officials have voiced worries over plans to play Pakistan in the UAE during one of the hottest months of the year.

They have "significant concerns" if plans to play one-day internationals in August are given the go-ahead.

The format and location of the series has not been officially confirmed, but the UAE is believed to be Pakistan's favoured venue.

The average daily high temperature during the month is 41.3C, sparking the concerns from the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA).

"How wise is it to be going to a region that you know is going to get up to 45-plus at that time of year," said Paul Marsh, the ACA chief executive, in comments published by ESPNcricinfo.

"That's extreme heat. It's also very humid. It's of significant concern for us at the moment. The health and safety of the players needs to be at the forefront of any decision that is made."

A possible starting time of 5pm or 5.30pm has been floated for any ODIs played during the series, which would mean the matches could finish after midnight.

ESPNcricinfo also said Cricket Australia has raised concerns about the weather in the UAE during August.

James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, was quoted as saying: "It's a time of year when it is very hot and humid in the UAE. We would expect both countries would have concerns about that and would be doing everything they can to minimise that effect."

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