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NZC considering request to play international matches in Pakistan
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NZC considering request to play international matches in Pakistan

New Zealand Cricket are considering a request from Pakistan to send their team there for the first time in 15 years.

The Black Caps are scheduled to play Pakistan in three tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches in the United Arab Emirates in November.

NZC chief executive David White confirmed they received a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman two weeks ago to play some T20 internationals in Pakistan.

"Not the whole series, just a couple of matches," White told media.

"We're just completing due diligence, consulting security providers, the Government and the players. We'll respond to Pakistan once we've completed that process, and we'll let everyone know."

White said no one from NZC would be dispatched to Pakistan as part of the process.

"We've got security providers that we use. It will be in-depth and we'll get all the information we can to make an informed decision.

"It's important we go in with an open mind."

New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, a year after a bomb blast outside the Black Caps' team hotel in Karachi ended their 2002 tour.

The location of November's series has been speculated for months, as grounds in the UAE are said to be booked for a T20 tournament.

The PCB had looked at Malaysia as a potential alternative, but the UAE remains the likely venue for the series.

"That's our understanding at the moment and we haven't had any other information. I understand the PCB are in discussions with the UAE," White said.

Reports have emerged in media that Australia have also been approached to move their October series to Pakistan.

Pakistan will host Australia for three test matches and a Twenty20 in UAE in October followed by the series against New Zealand.