New Zealand turn down offer to tour Pakistan citing security concerns

Ruben Hill
August 3, 2018

Mithali Raj of India plays a shot off in front of Rachel Priest of New Zealand.

The joint initiative is one of the highlights of a 2018-19 global schedule that features visits from the two India sides plus the India A team to New Zealand.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced its 2018-19 home summer schedule, and it features double-headers against the Indian men's and women's cricket teams.

The doubles headers are in Wellington on February 6th, Auckland on February 8th and Hamilton on February 10th.

The opening ODI will be followed by two matches, both of which will be played in Mount Maunganui on January 26 and 28.

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

Napier City Council is nearing completion of a major McLean Park redevelopment project that has seen the rollout of state of the art drainage and re-turfing, including a drop-in wicket, to follow ahead of the summer.

Three one-day internationals and three Twenty-20 matches are scheduled in October-November against the Kiwis. PCB had earlier hoped of holding the T20I series in Pakistan.

Five million dollars has been spent on drainage at McLean Park after a match was abandoned there in February 2017.

Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the qualifier while Group B comprises of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

"We took this decision in accordance with the security reports we had obtained". The board stated that the matches should be played at a neutral venue.

"We think it's another strong schedule in which we've continued the philosophy of taking global cricket to some of our most popular boutique grounds over the school holiday period", said Mr Crummy. All five ODIs between the men's teams will start at 3pm local time. Three of the men's ODIs will precede the women's 50-over games on the previous day. 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.

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