New Zealand mulls hosting Pak ‘home’ series in November

April 3rd, 2009 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, Apr.3 (ANI): The New Zealand Cricket Board is mulling over an idea of hosting a part of the scheduled Pakistan cricket tour in November, as the recent surge in terror activities in Pakistan has made it impossible for foreign teams to visit the country.

The New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan said he will discuss the probability of hosting some of the matches of the series with the Pakistani officials during the International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting later this month.

“Playing some of the games in New Zealand is something we can put on the table when we talk to the Pakistan people to see what their thoughts are,” The News quoted Vaughan, as saying.

He also made it clear that in current circumstances playing international cricket in Pakistan was not possible.

It is almost certain that New Zealand would not be visiting Pakistan to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals scheduled in November-December due the recent terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Meanwhile, the ICC president David Morgan and chief executive Haroon Lorgat have expressed hope that cricket would return to Pakistan, though not before the country sees a significant increase in security and safety.

“Quite clearly Pakistan is not a country where we can send cricket teams, officials and supporters in the immediate future. The scenarios change and someday in the future we will be back in Pakistan,” Morgan said.

Vaughan also informed that the fate of the proposed New Zealand’s tour to Sri Lanka where it would be playing three Tests and a series of five ODIs is uncertain due to the ongoing civil war between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil separatists (LTTE). (ANI)

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