New Zealand says no to resuming tours of Pakistan

New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday rejected a request to resume tours of Pakistan following a 15-year hiatus, citing ongoing security concerns.

The Black caps head to the United Arab Emirates in October to play a series of Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan, and Pakistan had asked if they could host at least the T20s on home soil.

But NZC chairman Greg Barclay said “we just decided circumstances weren’t right for us to tour at the moment”.

“At the end of the day it came down to following the (government) advisory and the security reports we’d obtained,” he added.

New Zealand’s last visit to Pakistan was in 2003.AFP

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