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England to host more Windies, Pak matches

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 9:15 [IST]
 
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England to host more Windies,Pak matches

Southampton, Jun 21: England are in line to tag on two additional Twenty20 matches against the West Indies to the end of an already packed home season.

They are also set to play additional one-day matches away to Pakistan, either in the United Arab Emirates or Sri Lanka, where they face the islanders in two Tests from March until early April next year.

The extra West Indies games, which are set to follow home series against both Sri Lanka and India, come in a bid to fulfil broadcast obligations.

The ECB face a problem honouring a deal with satellite station Sky, signed in 2008, that is worth some 260 million pounds.

That was intended to include a Stanford Super Series every November.

However, American businessman Allen Stanford was arrested and accused of being behind a 7 billion (4.3 billion) fraud in 2009. He is now in jail and due to stand trial in New York on September 12.

"We are in discussions with the West Indies," ECB chairman Giles Clarke told BBC Radio''s Test Match Special programme on Monday.

"We have a contractual commitment to Sky and BBC," explained Clarke, who added the West Indies matches could help the development of newly-appointed England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad ahead of the team''s defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next year.

"We have said we are interested in more preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup. The new captain would benefit from more opportunity to captain."

AFP

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