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New Zealand cricket deciding on Sharjah tournament


HAMILTON, New Zealand, March 28 (AFP) - New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will decide Friday whether to send a team to the Sharjah triangular tournament starting on April 8.

With India's withdrawal due to ongoing differences with Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board have requested New Zealand take their place alongside Sri Lanka.

NZC chief executive Chris Doig was non-committal Wednesday, saying it was up to the board to decide. He has previously said Sharjah tournaments were an unnecessary extra burden for players.

But there is a chance New Zealand would consider sending a young team, possibly without captain Stephen Fleming and other senior players.

Fleming is due to start a contract with English county Middlesex next month.

New Zealand are guaranteed 200,000 US dollars for competing in Sharjah, while the winner receives an additional 50,000 US dollars.

New Zealand have been in action constantly since the Singapore tri-series in late August.





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