New Zealand tour to Pakistan in worries due to players security concerns
New Zealand players announced ODI squads for the Pakistan tour, but they have also raised their security concerns after the Taliban take over Afghanistan.
According to New Zealand’s publication ‘Stuff‘, their players have raised concerns over touring Pakistan in September-October due to the present situation in the Asian region.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) independent security consultant Reg Dickason will tour Pakistan the following week to ensure the security situation here, and his report based on a detailed evaluation will make the final decision whether they will tour Pakistan or not.
NZ Cricket Players Association boss, Heath Mills said, “We’re very comfortable with the process we’ve got, but notwithstanding that, with events in Afghanistan in the last few days, it’s very sad what’s happening in that country and people including players are obviously asking questions of our security check processes. We just need to assure them of the process, and follow it, and reach a determination,”
Earlier, NZC confirmed their tour to Pakistan after 18 years to play 3 ODIs, and 5 T20s in Rawalpindi and Lahore, respectively.
New Zealand’s ODI squad:
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young
New Zealand’s T20I squad:
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young
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