New Zealand refuse to tour Pakistan due to security concerns

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New Zealand Cricket have turned down a request from Pakistan Cricket Board for playing a T20I series later this year quoting security concerns.

Pakistan are to host New Zealand for a full tour in the UAE, the PCB requested the Kiwis earlier this year to play the T20I series of the tour in Pakistan in a bid to revive international cricket in the country.

NZC chairman Greg Barclay told they did not receive the suitable security reports.

“At the end of the day it came down to following the advisory and the security reports we’d obtained,”  Greg Barclay told Newshub.

New Zealand Cricket realize that the PCB would be disappointed with their decision and they know their visit to Pakistan can be vital for the revival of international cricket there.

“There’s no doubt they (Pakistan Cricket Board) are disappointed. I think they saw a tour by a country like New Zealand as being a great precedent for them to start to build an international programme back in Pakistan,” he added.

He hoped that Pakistan Cricket Board will take the decision of NZC positively.

After the traumatizing terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, Pakistan were deprived of international action.

Zimbabwe ended the drought in 2015 when they played a short limited over series at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, but, it did not change much of the scenario.

Later, Pakistan hosted the final of PSL 2017 at the Gaddafi stadium, followed World XI side, captained South Africa’s Faf du Plessis and comprised of international stars in September 2017. National Stadium Karachi also hosted the final of PSL 2018 and the West Indies for a three-match T20I series.

“I can’t comment on the decision process that the West Indies went through, perhaps some of the timings may have been different as well,” Barclay said of West Indies’ decision to tour Pakistan.

“I just know that we went through a very thorough process and I’m comfortable with the decision that we got to,” he added.

When New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, their stay was cut short by a blast outside team’s hotel in Karachi.

“We’re very sympathetic to the plight they find themselves in, we’re a member of the ICC, we’re very aware that the ICC are trying to facilitate more international cricket in Pakistan and we’re very supportive of that,” he further added.

Pakistan and New Zealand are expected to play three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is in the UAE during October, November later this year.

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