July 30, 2018
In a historic moment for cricket in the country, Malaysia will host two Test nations in a women’s bilateral series for the first time when Pakistan play Australia at the Kinrara Oval in October.
Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) president Mahinda Vallipuram said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has bestowed Malaysia the honour of hosting the South Asian country’s home limited-overs series against Australia.
“After a few months of discussions with PCB, we are very thankful that we have been given the opportunity to stage this series,” said Mahinda in a press conference to announce details of the October 18-29 series.
“They had a look at the venue, logistics and accommodation facilities.
As you know, the Kinrara Oval has successfully staged many international events including the 2006 DLF Cup involving Australia, India and the West Indies and more recently the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and the ACC Women’s Asia Cup. It is very nice to see that we have been recognised for our efforts,” added Mahinda.
Pakistan and Australia will play three one-day internationals on October 18, 20 and 22 and three Twenty20 internationals on October 25, 27 and 29.
The Kinrara Oval is recognised as a world-class facility by the International Cricket Council.
The hub of cricket activities in Malaysia since 2004, Kinrara Oval has also hosted the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Asian Cricket Council senior and youth tournaments, World Cricket League matches and the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.
More recently, the ACC Women’s Asia Cup was held at Kinrara where Bangladesh defeated India by three wickets in the final of the one-day tournament which also involved Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia.
Former Olympic Council of Malaysia and MCA president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar described the event as a “coup” for MCA, who is currently the Patron of Malaysian Cricket Association.
“We have been working hard to get women’s cricket off the ground and after the successful Women’s Asia Cup here, we’re making a name for ourselves,” said Tunku Imran, who continued with “The Kinrara Oval is an asset to the country and we are looking forward to building on this series. We do not want this to be a one-off event and hope other countries like Pakistan, play outside the test countries’ venues.”
“This series is a big coup for MCA and a huge boost for cricket in Malaysia. It is a feather in the cap for the Kinrara Oval which is recognised as a well-known international ground.”
The hosting of this bilateral series offers MCA an opportunity to build on the collaboration with PCB.
“With two Test nations playing at Kinrara, we hope to create awareness and opportunities in Malaysia and the region,” said Mahinda. “We can see an uptake in women’s cricket in the country.
“We are confident we can meet PCB’s objectives and to show we are a cricket country and worth investing in.”
Both countries are using the series as part of their preparations for the 2018 ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies on November 9-24.