Sri Lanka set to play T-20s in United States

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand is likely to play international matches against Sri Lanka in the United States after striking a deal with American administrators.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan on Saturday confirmed a "strategic partnership" had been formed with USA Cricket.

It is likely the New Zealand team will play three games against Sri Lanka in Lauderhill, Florida in late May following the Twenty20 World Cup hosted by the West Indies.

Vaughan stressed the games - the type of matches were not specified - were not yet confirmed but was "optimistic" they would take place.

"Over the past months, we have advanced discussions with USA Cricket regarding the structure of our relationship, and both parties are very happy with how this is taking shape," Vaughan said in a statement.

"We are looking to help introduce cricket to a wider audience, and to attract new investment into the sport. It is widely accepted there is significant commercial opportunity for cricket within the U.S. market, and the introduction such investment would greatly assist the overall development and growth of cricket."

The Pakistan national team - currently prevented from hosting international cricket for security reasons -is planning to tour the U.S. later this year, with U.S. offering to host a series against India.

There have also been unconfirmed reports of Indian Premier League Twenty20 matches being played in the U.S.

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