Kiwis confirm three-match ODI series in Pak

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Karachi, Apr 26 : The PCB has said that the New Zealand cricket board has confirmed its team's three-ODIs tour to Pakistan in August.

"New Zealand will play three one-day matches in late August in Pakistan. The first match will be played at Multan on August 24 while the remaining two games will be played at Faisalabad on August 27 and 30," The News quoted a PCB announcement as saying.

The one-day series will also allow the Black Caps to warm up for the Champions Trophy to be staged in Pakistan from September 11-28 .

It will be New Zealand's first visit to Pakistan in six years. In May 2002, the Kiwis were forced to cut short a tour to Pakistan after a suicide bomb blast outside their team hotel in Karachi that killed 14 people, including 11 French naval staff.

The news has come as a boost to the PCB following Australia's acceptance to reschedule their postponed tour in 2009 and 2010.

Australia had postponed their tour, originally scheduled for March and April this year, owing to security concerns arising from suicide bombings in Pakistan.

ANI

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