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Pakistan switches ODIs to Dubai

An artist's impression of how a floodlit Dubai Sports City would look
An artist's impression of a floodlit Dubai Sports City

The Pakistan Cricket Board has signed a three-year agreement to play its home one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches at the new Dubai Sports City.

The move comes with teams remaining reluctant to tour Pakistan because of concerns over terrorist attacks.

Pakistan, who have not played any Tests or ODIs against major teams this year have also invited West Indies to play two Test matches in Abu Dhabi.

The Emirate will also host three ODIs against the Windies in November.

Only minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have played in Pakistan in 2008, while their last home Test series was against South Africa in October 2007.

The PCB has lost millions of dollars in revenue from the cancellation of matches and believe it is vital for cricket's financial well-being to make use of the facilities in the Emirates.


Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer of the PCB, said the new 4.8m deal with Dubai Sports City "gives us the option of playing international cricket and also improves our financial health."

The new 25,000 stadium in Dubai will initially host a series involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh next April and a series of Twenty20 matches against various teams.

The deal comes after failed attempts by Pakistan to convince teams to tour the country after a spate of bombings in recent months.

Pakistan had sought new opponents after the postponement of a Test tour by Australia and the ICC Champions Trophy, both because of security concerns, but had no takers.

Reuters news agency quoted "informed sources" who suggested the PCB will be paid 800,000 for each event in Dubai, as well as a 53,000 appearance fee to each player for every tournament played.

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