Karachi: Kenya has replaced New Zealand in a tri-series tournament involving Pakistan and world champions Australia, which will be played in the African nation, an official said on Tuesday.
"We have received Kenya's confirmation for next month's tri-series after New Zealand declined our invitation last week. We will announce the programme later this week," Pakistan Cricket Board director Chishty Mujahid said. "We will inform the Australian Cricket Board about the development. As for the schedule, we only need to replace New Zealand with Kenya," he said. Australia has already confirmed its participation in the August 27 to September 7 event and has announced its squad after the tournament was switched from violence- wracked Pakistan to Nairobi, Kenya. Mujahid said Pakistan expected alternative cricketing dates with New Zealand after the Black Caps pulled out of the Limited Overs event. "We will definitely take up New Zealand's refusal with New Zealand Cricket in future discussions and hope they will compensate us with some cricket next year," he said. But Mujahid said Pakistan was still keen to host Australia in October. "A final decision on the Test series will take time but at the moment we are looking forward to the tri-series," he said. "The inclusion of Kenya will increase local interest in the tri-series," he added. Kenya holds One-day status from the International Cricket Council and has participated in two World Cups, in 1996 and 1999. It has played Pakistan and Australia only once, losing on both occasions.
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