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New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited them to play in Pakistan later this year.
Pakistan are supposed to host New Zealand for a full series in the United Arab Emirates, but in a bid to increase the amount of international cricket played in Pakistan, the PCB have requested that New Zealand tour the country. The series is likely to comprise of three Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.
However, New Zealand Cricket has revealed that they have to discuss many things before giving the PCB a concrete answer.
“NZC has received a request from the PCB chairman for New Zealand to play in Pakistan,” a spokesman for the board was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “At the moment NZC is doing due diligence on the request and consulting with security providers, the government, and the players. We will respond to the PCB when this process has been completed.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan are scheduled to host Australia for a limited overs series in the United Arab Emirates, and a Cricket Australia spokesman made it clear that none of the matches will be played in Pakistan.
“The safety and security of Australian players is our number one priority,” he said. “From an Australia team perspective, we are not contemplating moving our current bilateral-tour arrangements from taking on Pakistan in the Middle East, when they host the next series.”