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NZC drop request from PCB to play T20Is in Pakistan
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018

NZC drop request from PCB to play T20Is in Pakistan

New Zealand cricket have turned down a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board to tour Pakistan for a T20I series on security concerns. New Zealand will be travelling to the UAE in October to play Pakistan in a full-fledged series comprising three Tests, ODIs and T20Is each. In April it was reported that the PCB was trying to convince the Black Caps to play the T20Is of the tour in Pakistan.

NZC chairman Greg Barclay confirmed it declined the Pakistan Cricket Board's request in writing just over a week ago.

"At the end of the day it came down to following the advisory and the security reports we'd obtained." Barclay told Newshub. "There's no doubt they (Pakistan Cricket Board) are disappointed. I think they saw a tour by a country like New Zealand as being a great precedent for them to start to build an international programme back in Pakistan.

"So they're disappointed but they're good guys, we get on really well with Pakistan, and I think they're fully accepting of the decision that we've reached."

"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."

Since the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, Pakistan have played most of their home games in the UAE. Zimbabwe broke the deadlock in May 2015 when they toured for a short limited-overs series, which was marred by a blast near the Gaddafi Stadium.

A World XI side led by Faf du Plessis, comprising a number of current internationals toured the country for three T20Is in September 2017. In April this year, a depleted West Indies squad also toured Pakistan for three T20Is in as many days. In between, Lahore and Karachi have hosted a few PSL matches. Former Black Caps Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi both played Twenty20 matches in Pakistan in the past year amid heavy security.

New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, just a year after a suicide bombing outside their team hotel in Karachi had cut their tour short.

"I can't comment on the decision process that the West Indies went through, perhaps some of the timings may have been different as well," Barclay said of West Indies' decision to tour. "I just know that we went through a very thorough process and I'm comfortable with the decision that we got to.

"We're very sympathetic to the plight they find themselves in, we're a member of the ICC, we're very aware that the ICC are trying to facilitate more international cricket in Pakistan and we're very supportive of that."

Although they were given three months to analyse the situation, NZC didn't send a delegation to Pakistan but received independent security advice from Australian Reg Dickason who was with the Black Caps on their last two tours there.

No Black Caps players were asked directly about their stance on touring Pakistan but the NZ Cricket Players Association was involved in the process.