New Zealand snub Pakistan tour due to security concerns

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NZ Cricket Chairman Greg Barclay told NewsHub that although the board was aware that its decision would be "disappointing" for the PCB, they had opted against it.

Once India's tour of New Zealand ends with the last T20 on February 10, the hosts will take on Bangladesh for three ODIs, followed by a three-Test series - the first ever between the two sides.

"We took this decision in accordance with the security reports we had obtained".

"All six of the White Ferns' (New Zealand Women) fixtures will be televised live for the first time in New Zealand history", he added.

Sri Lanka, which recently trounced South Africa at home in Tests, is scheduled to arrive in New Zealand in early December and will play a warm-up match at Napier ahead of its Test series, a pre-christmas fixture at the Basin Reserve and a Boxing Day test at Hagley Oval.

Bangladesh will travel to New Zealand as well after the conclusion of the India tour, for three ODIs and three Tests in February and March 2019.

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"I think they saw a tour by a country like New Zealand as being a great precedent for them to start to build an worldwide programme back in Pakistan", NZ Cricket Chairman Greg Barclay told News Hub on Tuesday. Sri Lanka returned in 2017 to play a T20I match in Lahore - the third and final match of the T20 series which was played in UAE.

Pakistan has been mostly playing their home games at the Emirates as most countries are hesitant to tour the country due to security concerns.

"We were communicated very well about the issues or incidents that may arise here, but we haven't seen any of them".

Barclay said NZC sympathised with Pakistan's current financial plight with barely any global teams willing to tour there for security reasons, particularly after an attack on the Sri Lankan team's bus in Lahore in 2009.

We are a member of the ICC; we're very aware that the ICC are trying to facilitate more worldwide cricket in Pakistan and we're very supportive of that.

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