New Zealand turn down offer to tour Pakistan for T20 series

first_imgNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) has decided to turn down an offer made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to tour Pakistan for T20I series due to security reasons.NZC chairman Greg Barclay said the decision was taken after consulting with the government and independent security consultants.”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,” quoted Barclay, as saying.”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,” he added.PCB had invited NZC to send the team to Pakistan for two T20 internationals, before continuing their tour in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which includes three T20s, three ODIs, and three tests.New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, a year after a fatal bomb blast took place outside the team hotel in Karachi due to which the team had to cut short their stay in the country.Pakistan play most of their home games in UAE, following the deadly terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.However, in April, the West Indian squad visited Pakistan for a three-match T20 international series.(With ANI inputs)last_img

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