Abu Dhabi and Dubai to host Pak-NZ series

Updated: 14 September 2009 11:20 IST

The PCB has finally sorted out the monetary issues with their Emirates counterparts as Abu Dhabi and Dubai will host the New Zealand series in Oct-Nov.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai to host Pak-NZ series

Karachi:

The Pakistan Cricket Board has finally sorted out the monetary issues with their Emirates counterparts as Abu Dhabi and Dubai will host the New Zealand series in October-November.

PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt, at his arrival after successful meetings with the ECB officials in Dubai, said in a statement that Pakistan would play four one-day internationals in Abu Dhabi and two Twenty20 matches in Dubai.

"The dates are not finalised as yet because we have to send the itinerary to the New Zealand board and will announce the final fixture after getting approval from them," Butt said.

He made it clear that all matters pertaining to staging the series have been sorted out with the Emirates board which represents the cricket bodies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and also with Dubai Sports City officials.

"Everything is sorted out to the satisfaction of both parties and the series is now definitely on," he said.

This is the second time this year that Pakistan has been forced to play a 'home' one-day series in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, after they took on Australia in April-May at the two venues.

Pakistan was due to host New Zealand in October this year but the Kiwis made it clear that they were not going to tour the country because of the security conditions there.

New Zealand will now host the three Tests as a 'home' series of Pakistan in their own backyard from November 24, while the one-dayers is slated now in the Emirates.

Butt also said that he had held good discussions with the International Cricket Council (ICC) special task force on Pakistan cricket about resumption of international matches in the country.

Butt flew from Dubai to London to hold two round of talks with Giles Clarke who heads the ICC task force and is also Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board and also met with the ICC officials.

"I discussed the future plan of the task force to start taking concrete steps to ensure resumption of international cricket in Pakistan," Butt said.



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