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New Zealand confirms it is in talks with PCB to reschedule Pakistan tour

KARACHI: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced that it is in negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to reschedule the ODI and T20 series that was recently cancelled.

According to the NZ Herald, “New Zealand Cricket is back in talks about resuming their postponed visit to Pakistan.”

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The NZC has stated that chief executive David White and his counterpart at the PCB are in negotiations. Both sides are open to the prospect of the Black Caps returning before the end of the current future tours programme cycle in 2023, according to the article.

‘PCB has been approached by New Zealand to reschedule.’
The NZC had approached them about postponing the home series against Pakistan, and “positive news would be communicated within a week,” Ramiz Raja had said the day before.

“The PCB may put forth its terms before the NZC by picking the month of November in 2022 for the rescheduling of the recently postponed series,” Raja remarked before the Senate Standing Committee on Interprovincial Coordination on various elements and future goals set up for Pakistan cricket.

NZ pulls out of Pakistan tour at last minute

The New Zealand cricket team, last month, backed out of the much-awaited Pakistan tour, citing a “security alert” from their government. The Pakistani authorities had assured the NZC of complete security but the Black Caps insisted on abandoning the series.

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The Pakistan prime minister spoke personally to the prime minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” the PCB had said.

The PCB had said the security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan government throughout their stay here.

In a statement announcing the decision, NZC Chief Executive David White had said it was simply not possible to continue with the tour given the advice he was receiving.

“I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.”

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