After a pre-tour security inspection by its independent security consultant, Reg Dickason, the New Zealand vs Pakistan series has been formally cleared to be held in Pakistan after 18 years.
Kiwi Cricket has expressed pleasure with the findings of its security consultant, according to New Zealand media reports, and skipper Tom Latham said in a statement from Dhaka that he believes in Rig Dickason’s report.
“Someone like Reg has been around a long time and has worked with New Zealand Cricket for a long time,” Tom explained. We have complete faith in what he does for New Zealand Cricket, as well as the processes and regulations that he implements.”
“At this point, our concentration is on Bangladesh, but after this series is completed, our focus will shift to Pakistan,” said the team.
Finally, New Zealand is planning a chartered flight to Pakistan on September 11th, the day after they finish their Twenty20 series in Bangladesh.
New Zealand and Pakistan will play three One-Day Internationals in Rawalpindi and five Twenty20 Internationals in Lahore before wrapping off the visit on October 3rd.
A bomb exploded outside their hotel in Karachi on the first morning of the second test, cutting short New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan in 2002. They returned the next year to play ODIs without incident, but have not played since.