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Pakistan to host NZ series in UAE

Kamran Akmal, Stuart Clark
Pakistan suffered a 3-2 one-day series loss to Australia in the UAE in May

Pakistan have opted to host their one-day international and Twenty20 series against New Zealand at venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The move comes with teams refusing to tour Pakistan because of safety concerns after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March.

The series with New Zealand is expected to take place in mid-November following the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Pakistan also plan to host their series against Australia in England next year.

Security concerns forced this year's Champions Trophy to be moved from Pakistan to South Africa and the country has also been stripped of the right to host the 2011 World Cup.

Following the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Pakistan moved five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 fixture against Australia to the United Arab Emirates in May.


"The series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be held at two venues in the United Arab Emirates," said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt.

"The four one-dayers will be played in Abu Dhabi, while the two Twenty20 games will be held in Dubai.

"We have prepared an itinerary of the series which will be sent to New Zealand Cricket, and the final dates will be announced after their approval."

The Kiwis were also scheduled to tour Pakistan this year, but the three-Test series has been moved to New Zealand and will start on 24 November in Dunedin.

However, Butt is hoping international cricket will be able to return to Pakistan soon.

"I held positive talks with the England and Wales cricket authorities, and the series between Pakistan and Australia will be held in England next year," he confirmed.

"My meetings with ICC Task Force chief Giles Clarke, ICC chief David Morgan and Cricket Australia chief Jack Clarke ended on a positive note - and they assured me that international cricket activities in Pakistan may be revived soon."

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