Pakistan cricket likely to get a new home venue after differences with UAE board

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Pakistan cricket likely to get a new home venue after differences with UAE board

ISLAMABAD - Men in Green have been playing most of their home cricket in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in March 2009. The UAE also hosted the first three editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

However, recently, the tensions between both boards are on the rise with potential scheduling conflicts, more so after the emergence of T20 leagues in the UAE, which has forced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to look for alternative options in hosting international matches.

Earlier this year, PCB chairman Najam Sethi also confirmed that the board is looking at Malaysia as an alternative venue. The Men in Green are due to host Australia and New Zealand later this year.

Vallipuram, while talking to CricBuzz, confirmed that the discussions are under way after a PCB delegation visited the country. “We certainly would like to host events here,” said Vallipuram. “We are open to hosting as we have venues and other required infrastructure.

It (the PCB’s visit) was an opportunity to discuss how Malaysia can be a venue for Pakistan. It would be great to host Australia and New Zealand, two great cricketing countries. We would love to host Pakistan in some way, perhaps even PSL matches or women’s cricket.”