Wednesday, 19 January 2022

New Zealand declines Pakistan’s invitation for T20 series

WELLINGTON: New Zealand has turned down Pakistan’s invitation to play a bilateral series in the country this year.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson Najam Sethi had sent letters to New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia, inviting the teams to play three-match T20 series in Pakistan.

The Blackcaps will tour the United Arab Emirates in October this year where they will play three Tests, three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals.

New Zealand has not toured Pakistan for the past 15 years. A bomb blast outside their hotel in Karachi in 2003 brought their tour to a premature end.

Earlier, Cricket Australia had declined Pakistan’s request to visit the country. The board stated that the matches should be played at a neutral venue.

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

Since the return of international cricket in Pakistan, the cricket boards of Zimbabwe and West Indies have sent their teams for bilateral series. The finals of the Pakistan Super League, the country’s premier Twenty20 event, were organised in the country.

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