Pakistan will play cricket in the Gulf as part of a nine-million dollar deal, officials said Thursday, providing foreign experience to a side struggling to find teams willing to come to their country.
Several international teams have refused to tour Pakistan amid security fears sparked by terrorist attacks, including the weekend suicide bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed at least 60 people.
The deal would help the Pakistan Cricket Board "fill its coffers" and give appearance money to the players, the board's chief operating officer, Shafqat Naghmi, told AFP.
"It's a major boost and we have signed the deal worth nine million dollars for a period of three years with Dubai sports city," Naghmi said.
Details of the deal were to be announced in the next few days.
Pakistan cricket was badly hit after the elite eight-nation Champions Trophy due to be held in the country this month was postponed over security fears.
That proved a double blow after Australia postponed their full tour to Pakistan in March -- also on security grounds.
Pakistan's invitations to South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand for short one-day series have also failed.
The side asked South Africa to host them for a tri-nation one-day series after the postponement of the Trophy, which was turned down by Cricket South Africa.
Pakistan have also invited the West Indies to play two Tests in November, but reports from the Caribbean suggested players also had concerns about security.
But the West Indies have agreed to play three one-day internationals with Pakistan in Abu Dhabi from November 12-16, Naghmi said.