Mahinda Vallipuram, Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) president, believes the probable return of elite international cricket to Malaysia would be a boon for the sport in South-East Asia.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) contingent led by chairman Najam Sethi travelled to Malaysia recently to scope the cricket infrastructure in the Associate nation. Potential scheduling conflicts with emerging T20 leagues in the UAE has forced the PCB to look at alternative options in hosting international matches as Pakistan continues to play the bulk of their matches away from home.
Pakistan is due to host Australia and New Zealand later this year in series comprising Tests and limited-overs matches. Cricbuzz understands the tours are set to be held in the UAE but a women's ODI series between Pakistan and Australia is likely to be played in Malaysia later this year. The women's series would be a chance to gauge the infrastructure and Malaysia's ability to stage elite international cricket.
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