Cricket

PCB requests Australia, New Zealand to send teams to Pakistan for T20 series

  • PTI
  • May 1st, 2018
  • 21:23:15 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the Australian and New Zealand boards to send their teams to Pakistan to play the Twenty20 (T20) matches instead of United Arab Emirates.

File picture of Najam Sethi. AFP

File picture of PCB chief Najam Sethi, who held talks with Australia and New Zealand boards recently. AFP

An official in PCB told PTI that during the ICC meet in Kolkata late last month, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi and COO Subhan Ahmad had held talks with the Australian and New Zealand officials.

The two boards have been requested to play the T20 matches of their series in Pakistan to help support the PCB in bringing back international cricket to the country, he said.

Pakistan will host Australia for three Test matches and a T20 match in UAE in October followed by a series of three Tests, five ODIs and three T20 internationals in November against New Zealand.

Last year, PCB managed to convince the Sri Lankan board to send its team to Lahore to play the final T20 match of a series in UAE, which went off successfully.

Before Sri Lanka's visit in late October, the PCB also hosted the ICC World Eleven for a three-match T20 series in Lahore while last month Pakistan played three T20 matches in Karachi against the West Indies

The PCB is trying to follow a slow and steady process to bring back international cricket fully to Pakistan, the official said, before adding that the Australian and New Zealand boards were reluctant because of security concerns, but would look into Pakistan's request.

Giles Clarke, who heads the ICC's special task force on Pakistan cricket, submitted a positive report about international cricket returning to the country at the ICC board meeting in Kolkata.

Pakistan's security arrangements for the matches against World Eleven, Sri Lanka, and West Indies and for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches held in Lahore and Karachi earned praise from the board members and from independent reports of security experts.

Pakistan has lined up a total of 29 ODIs before next year's World Cup in England and is keen on playing a few of them at home.

PCB officials are also due to meet the Emirates Cricket Board officials in Dubai this week to discuss Pakistan's concern over having the T10 league in November or the planned Afghan league, when Pakistan will be playing its home series in UAE.

The PCB has threatened to move its home series from UAE to Malaysia if the ECB didn't accept their demands, but an insider said there was zero chance of this happening since when PCB officials visited Kuala Lumpur in March they realised that while T20 or ODIs could be held there, having a Test match was not possible due to the rains and hot weather and other facilities.

Updated Date: May 01, 2018 21:23:15 IST

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