New Zealand has turned down the offer of play 3 T20I matches by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play in Pakistan.

The series, as usual, will take place Abu Dhabi (Adopted home venue by Pakistan since 2009) during October this year. NZ will play three games each in all three formats of the game.

“At the end of the day, it came down to following the advisory and the security reports we’d obtained. There’s no doubt they are disappointed,” NZC Chairman, Grey Barclay told the local media (Newshub).

He went on to say, “I think they saw a tour by a country like New Zealand as being a great precedent for them to start to build an international programme back in Pakistan. So they’re disappointed but they’re good guys, we get on really well with Pakistan, and I think they’re fully accepting the decision that we’ve reached.”

Pakistan has rarely witnessed international matches since a terror attack on Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. However, Zimbabwe had toured the country in 2015 to play 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is.

In September 2017, a World XI side led by Faf Du Plessis played 3 T20Is while WI side played 3 T20Is in 2018.

However, Greg Barclay stated that NZ took various factors into consideration before taking the call.

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