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PCB requests Australia, New Zealand to send teams to Pakistan

In the last International Cricket Council meeting in Kolkata, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi and Chief Executive Officer Subhan Ahmed held talks with Australia and New Zealand board officials to send their respective teams in Pakistan for playing T20I matches.

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A PCB official told Press Trust of India, “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.”

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“The PCB is trying to follow a slow and steady process to bring back international cricket fully to Pakistan,” the official said.

The invitation was thrown prior to the scheduled bilateral series of Pakistan against both the countries that would be taken place in the United Arab Emirates.

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, Sri Lanka visited Pakistan to play the last T20I match of the series. Before that, PCB also hosted the ICC World Eleven for a three-match T20 series in Lahore. In last month Pakistan played three T20 matches in Karachi against the West Indies.

The PCB official said both Australia and New Zealand board officials assured them to look through the request despite earlier reluctance to visit Pakistan over security concern.

The PCB officials will also meet UEA board members to discuss over the whole issue and the proposed T10 league in coming November.

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