Pak to play international cricket in Dubai

Updated: 26 September 2008 16:29 IST

The PCB has signed a three-year, US$9 million deal to play international limited-overs and Twenty20 matches in Dubai.

Islamabad, Pakistan:

The Pakistan Cricket Board has signed a three-year, US$9 million deal to play international limited-overs and Twenty20 matches in Dubai, starting with a triangular tournament next year.

"Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh are the participating teams for next year's one-day international tournament in April," PCB spokesman Mansoor Suhail said on Thursday.

The one-day internationals will be played at new stadium being constructed at Dubai Sports City, the United Arab Emirates, with whom the PCB has signed the deal.

Suhail said that the stadium is expected to be completed in March 2009 and will open with the triangular tournament.

The move to play international cricket in Dubai comes after Australia refused to tour Pakistan this year due to security fears and the Champions Trophy tournament was postponed for a year after four leading teams expressed their reservations over touring the country.

Pakistan, which has not played a test match this year, is now planning to rope in the West Indies for two test matches in November after both teams played three one-day internationals in Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates is not a new cricketing venue for Pakistan. Sharjah has hosted a number of international limited-overs tournaments featuring Pakistan, as well as a test match between Australia and Pakistan in 2002 when foreign teams refused to tour Pakistan after the 2001 Sept. 11 attacks.

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