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Latest Cricket News: New Zealand Cricket confirms they will not travel to Pakistan for T20 matches

  • New Zealand will not travel to Pakistan to play T20 matches as part of their series
  • Complete New Zealand vs Pakistan series will be played in the United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand team suffered a bombing incident in Karachi in their previous tour of Pakistan

In Latest Cricket news today, New Zealand cricket have confirmed that they will not travel to Pakistan for 2 T20 matches despite Pakistan Cricket Board’s official request. NCB Chairman Greg Barclay has confirmed that New Zealand will only play against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates like it was initially planned. According to the PCB sources, New Zealand will take on Pakistan from late October until early December which will only be played in United Arab Emirates after New Zealand cricket expressed their concerns over touring Pakistan given the political unrest in the country.

New Zealand have concerns over touring Pakistan

In Latest Cricket news today, New Zealand Cricket Chairman Greg Barclay has confirmed his decision about turning down PCB’s request of sending New Zealand to play T20I matches in Pakistan. Barclay informed the media earlier today about the details of the decision and why New Zealand Cricket Board is reluctant in sending their players to Pakistan.

Barclay said: “We were open minded and we went through all the information. It was an extensive due diligence exercise: Government advisory, Mfat, ICC, independent security consultants, and those were peer reviewed back here as well.

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“We just came to the decision that given the current circumstances it just wasn’t right for us to accept the invitation to play in Pakistan.”

New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2004-05

New Zealand have all the right to turn down PCB’s request of sending their players to Pakistan after a bomb explosion outside New Zealand team’s hotel in Karachi cut short their tour back in the 2004-05 season. The incident was then followed by Sri Lanka facing a similar threat on their players where Thilan Samaraweera was hit by a bullet and it brought an end to International cricket for the fans in Pakistan. Recently, Sri Lanka were brave enough to send their players to Pakistan for a 2-match T20I series, however, New Zealand are not ready to send their players to play in Pakistan.
In Latest Cricket news today, New Zealand Cricket board hired the Australian security expert Reg Dickason who was with the Black Caps on their last two tours to Pakistan. Dickason’s report was also reviewed by NZC security adviser Gavin McFadyen and then New Zealand Cricket Board decided to take a call of not playing any cricket in Pakistan but the Black Caps will continue their series against Pakistan as planned which will be played from late October until early December.

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