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New Zealand players unlikely to participate in World XI series in Pakistan

World XI will tour to Pakistan in September to play three T20s in Lahore.

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Pakistan are striving hard to bring back cricket to home post the infamous terror attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers in 2009. Nonetheless, things aren’t looking bright as yet. New Zealand cricket team is likely to give a miss to World XI’s tour to Pakistan, in September, citing security concerns and busy international schedule. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White stated that their 21 centrally contracted players won’t participate due to ‘international commitments’. Nonetheless, with Martin Guptill and Trent Boult stating concerns on touring Pakistan, it seems the main reason remains to be ‘security’.

“For the contracted players it’s highly likely they will be unavailable (for Pakistan) due to other international commitments, that I can’t say any more about at this stage. It’s reality. We can’t announce it yet but there’s a fairly strong possibility we’ll have international commitments over that period that would preclude the players participating”, White was quoted by Cricbuzz.

Author’s take

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand are scheduled to tour India in September-October for three ODIs and three T20Is. Nonetheless, it seems like they are apprehensive to tour Pakistan due to security concerns and are backing out of World XI series. The World XI series is an attempt to bring back cricket to Pakistan after a long gap of 8 years. It will comprise of three T20s to be played at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore.

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