Strauss queries “strange” test venue

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Sanya Michelangelo in Labels: , , , ,

England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted he is slightly concerned about playing their upcoming test series against Pakistan in the UAE, saying that playing at the neutral venue will be “slightly strange”.
Those assessing cricket world cup betting note how no touring side has played cricket in Pakistan ever since a ban was imposed following an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, with the United Arab Emirates as the preferred venue for Pakistan’s home series.
Strauss believes it would be preferable to play the test series in front of the Pakistani fans, but says he understands the decision to play it overseas.
“It’s slight strange playing in Dubai, we haven’t been there before, Pakistan have been playing there recently so I suppose they will still have some advantage in the sense they will know the conditions better than us.” Strauss told BBC Sport.

“It’s not ideal playing in a neutral venue but that’s where we’re at at the moment and it should be a good series.”
Pakistan continue to progress in the wake of  the spot fixing scandal that has marred cricket in the country, and won a three match home series against Sri Lanka last month, also in the United Arab Emirates, leading Strauss to believe that Pakistani test cricket is currently undergoing something of a resurgence.
“Pakistan look as though they are in good form, they played well against Sri Lanka and should be a big test for us.” The England skipper commented.
Anyone checking out betting offers will tell you how England have been putting their feet up since returning from their ODI series loss against India in October, with Strauss admitting that he had “enjoyed” a couple weeks of rest ahead of a busy winter schedule.
Vice-captain Alastair Cook meanwhile has been busy during the break, and collected an MBE from the Queen for services to cricket thanks to his record breaking exploits that helped England win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years.
Speaking after receiving the honour, the opening batsman said: “It’s been a fantastic couple of years for the England cricket team and for me to be here and get the MBE is an honour - I feel very humble to be given it.”

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  1. Varun says:

    I don't find anything strange in playing in Dubai. Strauss might not have been there before but England have played 2 T20s there before and did pretty well.

  1. DS says:

    Well if they cant play in Pakistan then they had to choose another home away from home!!
    Dubai is the best that the Pakistanis can get, is it not??
    Following you, its a nice blog!!
    Do check out mine when you are free!!
    Merry Christmas :)