New Zealand Ask to Play Cricket in Pakistan, Official Says


New Zealand Cricket Spokesman said, New Zealand considering a request to play an upcoming match in Pakistan for the first time Since 2003 after an invitation from the South Asian nation’s cricket board. NZ team have not played in the country due to security concerns, however, had been asked to play Twenty20 matches.

NZC said, “NZC has received a request from the PCB chairman for New Zealand to play in Pakistan.” Further, the spokesperson added, “At the moment NZC is doing due diligence on the request and consulting with security providers, the government, and the players. “We will respond to the PCB when this process has been completed.”

The team scheduled to play one-day internationals as well as tests in November at the United Arab Emirates. Yet, dates have not been issued for those matches but the matches would be played in the UAE.

Pakistan has remained kept from worldwide cricket since the 2009 assaults on a transport conveying Sri Lanka’s group in Lahore, which injured six players and a British mentor, and slaughtered eight Pakistanis. In 2002, New Zealand abandoned their last test tour of Pakistan after a bomb exploded outside their Karachi hotel.

Later this year, Australia is scheduled to play tests and limited overs matches against Pakistan at the UAE. CA not confirm the approach yet, however, said, their next series against Pakistan would remain in the Middle East.

CA spokesman said, “The safety and security of Australian players is our number one priority.” Further, the spokesman added, “From an Australia team perspective, we are not contemplating moving our current bilateral-tour arrangements from taking on Pakistan in the Middle East, when they host the next series.”