Coles urges New Zealand to visit 'safe' Pakistan

Women's team coach reveals he never feel threatened in the country

Coles urges New Zealand to visit 'safe' Pakistan

Pakistan women’s team coach Mark Coles has urged New Zealand cricket team to tour the country later this year. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed on Wednesday that they’ve received an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a T20I series in the country in November later this year.

They’ve also confirmed that the board is considering all options, and will decide after complete ‘due diligence’.  

If NZC will approve PCB’s proposal, it will be the first time when the Black Caps will tour Pakistan since 2003.

The Men in Green have has played most of their home cricket in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Sri Lanka team bus attack in 2009.

Coles, who is also from New Zealand, revealed in an interview that he feels safe while staying in Pakistan.

"I have a young family. I have two daughters, and my wife back home in New Zealand," said Coles on the phone from Karachi as per The Domino’s Post. "I don't have any concerns for my safety here. To be honest with you, I feel safer here in this environment than I would on some streets in Auckland."

Coles is not the only international coach involved in Pakistan cricket, as South Africa’s Mickey Arthur is the head coach of the men’s cricket team.

While talking about the security he received in the country, Coles said he never feel threatened. "I have security with me if I go across the road to get a coffee," he said. "I've never felt threatened here. The Pakistani people are lovely people, and they absolutely love New Zealanders.”

Talking about the cricket fans in the country, Coles said: “They're very passionate people. You have to understand, if New Zealand were to tour here it would mean the world to Pakistan, to the people. They would fill the stadiums four times over. If New Zealand played 25 games here, they'd all be sell-outs. They're cricket mad, but most of the kids here only ever get to watch cricket on television. It would mean the world to them to watch their team in person."

Coles further on to revealed his point of view that if Kiwis will tour Pakistan, it will open gates for other big teams to tour the country in the future as well.

"It would be great if New Zealand were to be brave and come over. It will take one of the top nations (NZ, Australia, England or South Africa) coming over here for the others to realise it's okay."