New Zealand tour of Pakistan in doubt over security concerns

Cricketers Association chief Heath Mills confirms majority players are hesitant to travel the country

New Zealand tour of Pakistan in doubt over security concerns PHOTO: AFP

New Zealand cricket team’s proposed tour of Pakistan in is danger after majority of the players showed no interest in visiting the country due to security concerns.

The Black Caps are scheduled to play the Men in Green in three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between October and November later this year.

But last month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to play two out of three T20 matches in Pakistan.

The offer was reviewed seriously by NZC and the final decision was expected after complete security report.

However, Cricketers Association chief Heath Mills has revealed in an interview that most players are ready to come to Pakistan.

Mills also revealed some players are willing to travel to Pakistan if they get security clearance, whereas others are still skeptical about making a decision and are waiting for a detailed security report.

The development means that New Zealand’s first tour of Pakistan in 15 years is under serious threat.

NZC chief executive David White also confirmed that players are reluctant to visit Pakistan, but also assured that no decision will be taken without proper consideration.

Sources also confirmed that New Zealand team will only travel to Pakistan if more than half of the player will be satisfied with the security arrangements.