Barely has the euphoria over India being crowned the Twenty20 champions died down, when Ten Sports is ready with some more cricket excitement. The channel will telecast two of the most anticipated cricket tours – South Africa’s tour of Pakistan and England’s trip to Sri Lanka.
England will be out for revenge against Sri Lanka, but will have their task cut out against a full-strength home side. The tour is split in two parts this year, with the five ODIs being played in the first half of October, followed by three Test matches in December.
All the ODIs are day-night affairs, starting with the first three matches in Dambulla (October 1, 4 and 7), followed by two matches at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on October 10 and 13. The five matches are scheduled to start at 13:45 pm.
South Africa’s tour of Pakistan promises to be exciting. Despite all the controversies surrounding the team, Pakistan did exceptionally well to reach the final of the World Twenty20 Championship. Graeme Smith and his men, on the other hand, will be eager to get over the disappointment of not making it to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Championship.
The two teams will battle it out in two Test matches and five ODIs during the short trip. All the five ODIs are scheduled to be day-night affairs.
The series starts with the two Test matches at Karachi (October 1-5) and Lahore (October 8-12). The teams will then stay at Lahore for the first two ODIs (October 18 and 20), followed by Faisalabad (October 23), Multan (October 26) and Karachi (October 29).
Live telecast of the two Tests start at 10:15 am. However, the first two and the fourth Sri Lanka-England ODIs clash with the Pakistan-South Africa Tests. The ODIs will be shown in full, thus curtailing the Test matches on the mentioned days to the first two sessions.
The first three ODIs in the Pakistan-South Africa series start at 11:15 am, while the Multan match starts at 13:45 pm. The final ODI at Karachi will begin at 11:45 am.
The two series will act as an appetiser as Ten Sports has lined up non-stop international cricket action till July 2008. Ten Sports already has rights for Asia and the Middle-East of all international matches from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.