New Zealand Cricket turns down offer to tour Pakistan

New Zealand Cricket turns down offer to tour Pakistan


New Zealand Cricket has turned down a request from the PCB to tour Pakistan later this yr for a T20I sequence due to safety considerations. New Zealand are set to journey to the UAE to play Pakistan for a full tour that’s possible to comprise three Exams, three ODIs and as many T20Is in October-November, although the fixtures should not introduced but. The PCB had hoped to persuade New Zealand to play the T20I leg of the tour in Pakistan.

“On the finish of the day it got here down to following the advisory and the safety studies we would obtained.” NZC chairman Greg Barclay instructed Newshub. “There is no doubt they (Pakistan Cricket Board) are disillusioned. I believe they noticed a tour by a rustic like New Zealand as being a fantastic precedent for them to begin to construct a world programme again in Pakistan.

“So that they’re disillusioned however they’re good guys, we get on rather well with Pakistan, and I believe they’re totally accepting of the choice that we have reached.”

NZC had received a request to tour Pakistan earlier this yr and was going to seek the advice of with safety suppliers, the federal government, and the gamers.

Since the terror attack on the Sri Lanka crew bus in 2009, Pakistan have performed most of their house video games within the UAE. Zimbabwe broke the impasse in Might 2015 after they toured for a brief limited-overs sequence, which was marred by a blast close to the Gaddafi Stadium.

A World XI aspect led by Faf du Plessis, comprising various present internationals toured the nation for 3 T20Is in September 2017. In April this yr, a depleted West Indies squad additionally toured Pakistan for 3 T20Is in as many days. In between, Lahore and Karachi have hosted a couple of PSL matches.

New Zealand final toured Pakistan in 2003, only a yr after a suicide bombing outdoors their crew resort in Karachi had reduce their tour quick.

“I can not touch upon the choice course of that the West Indies went via, maybe among the timings could have been totally different as nicely,” Barclay mentioned of West Indies’ choice to tour. “I simply know that we went via a really thorough course of and I am snug with the choice that we obtained to.

“We’re very sympathetic to the plight they discover themselves in, we’re a member of the ICC, we’re very conscious that the ICC are attempting to facilitate extra worldwide cricket in Pakistan and we’re very supportive of that.”

Though they got three months to analyse the state of affairs, NZC had not despatched any of their representatives to Pakistan to conduct any private checks.