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New Zealand consider cancelling Pakistan series

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) are considering delaying their home series against Pakistan this year to make way for a more lucrative series, due to the spoiled cricket schedule resulting from the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

According to an article in stuff.co.nz, the kiwis want to host their Trans-Tasman rivals Australia for a two-Test series in November along with a Test and limited-overs series against England in December.

This could delay Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand as the men in green are currently due to play against the Black Caps in 2 Tests and 3 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), in the December-January window.

Talks are underway New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White and his Cricket Australia (CA) counterpart Kevin Roberts regarding the trans-Tasman Test series. White is also understood to have contacted his England counterpart Tom Harrison but the talks are not as advanced as the Australia series.

“I’m in regular contact with Cricket Australia over the current situation and the potential possibilities that might arise for 2020-21 but it’s too early to be discussing specifics or any detail at this point,” said White.

“What happens this summer will be determined by things that are yet to occur.” he added.

The report further stated that New Zealand is likely to host Pakistan, along with Bangladesh, West Indies and Sri Lanka, later in the summer.

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