LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to play a T20 match series in the United States of America (USA). The schedule would be decided later. PCB chief Ijaz Butt said that Pakistan would play in USA in accordance with the ICC policy of promoting cricket in the region. Butt informed that he had not spoken on IPL-3 issue with the Indian Cricket Board during the ICC meeting. He also said that the ICC has decided to award him with a medal for his services to cricket. The PCB and Indian Premier League plan to have matches in the U.S. as early as this year. Pakistan and USA Cricket Association officials said they have discussed organising a series in the US featuring Pakistans World Twenty20 championship team. The discussions took place at an International Cricket Council meeting this week in Dubai. While the two boards are still finalizing the dates and the types of match competitions, assurances were made by both parties that a long-term agreement to play in the U.S. will begin with a match series later in 2010, the governing bodies said in a joint statement. Pakistan has been forced to play home series in neutral countries in recent years. Security concerns prevent international teams from touring the Asian nation. The ICC stripped Pakistan of the right to host some 2011 World Cup matches after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore 11 months ago left eight people dead and five Sri Lanka players and a coach injured which the officials privately say were planned and funded by India and executed via Sri Lankas LTTE. The sports governing body also moved last years Champions Trophy competition from the country to South Africa because of safety concerns. Pakistans last home series on foreign soil was against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates in November. The team is scheduled to play two Tests and two Twenty20 matches against Australia in England in July. By taking international matches into the American market, the Pakistan Cricket Board is seeking to attract new fans as well as tapping interest from Pakistanis and Indians living in the U.S., where the sport mainly is played by immigrants. Pakistan playing as a full member in the USA is in line with the ICC policy to grow the sport in countries such as the United States, PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt said in the statement. Top officials from the Indian Premier League, crickets richest competition, met with USA Cricket Chief Executive Officer Donald Lockerbie in Dubai to discuss staging Twenty20 matches in the U.S. as early as 2011. The North American continent has emerged as the second- largest market in terms of revenue and viewership for Indian cricket, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said in a statement. We are confident of taking the IPL to the U.S. in the near future. Twenty20, the sports shortest format, might represent crickets best chance of winning over fans in the U.S., according to U.S. national team captain Steve Massiah.