Pakistan looking to tour New Zealand prior to 2015 World Cup

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“We are keen on this series because we will be playing most of our cricket in the United Arab Emirates before the World Cup”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are currently speaking to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) about having the national team travel to New Zealand for a five-match ODI series prior to the start of the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

A senior PCB official revealed that a proposal has already been sent to NZC and believes that both teams will benefit from the series.

“We are keen on this series because we will be playing most of our cricket in the United Arab Emirates before the World Cup,” the source said. “We play Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe in the UAE as our home series between October and January before the World Cup and we realise that conditions in Australia and New Zealand will be totally different when our team goes there.”

The official also announced that NZC’s response had been positive and added that both boards are working on finalising the series.

“The PCB is also trying to arrange some international cricket for its team between the period May to September, 2014,” the official said. “During this period we have no international commitments, neither are our players in the IPL so we need to ensure our players don’t go through a five-month gap period before the World Cup.”

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