After the Taliban capture Afghanistan, the New Zealand cricket team’s Pakistan tour is in danger. The New Zealand Cricket Board is concerned about the security situation in Pakistan, as Pakistani players are also concerned about security. New Zealand will tour Bangladesh for a five-match Test series. After that the team will tour Pakistan.
This is New Zealand’s first Pakistan tour in 18 years. However, New Zealand wants to reevaluate the security arrangements in Pakistan before taking the final call of the tour. Heath Mills, head of the New Zealand Cricketers’ Association, has revealed that some players have expressed concern over the security situation in Pakistan amid the chaos in Pakistan’s neighboring country, Afghanistan.
We were very comfortable with the process we got, ”Mills said. But despite this, what happened in Afghanistan in the last few days. What is happening in that country is very sad and people are asking questions about our security screening procedures. Mills said he would send New Zealand independent security adviser Reg Dickasan to Pakistan to assess Pakistan’s security situation and give the green signal for the trip. If Dikasan is not satisfied with the security arrangement, the team may not tour Pakistan.
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New Zealand will play a three-match ODI series in Rawalpindi starting September 17. After that, New Zealand will play a five-match T20 series against Pakistan in Lahore. New Zealand last toured Pakistan in late 2003. After the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus in Lahore in 2009, no team had traveled to Pakistan until recently.