Pakistan's efforts for a international series at home faces a blow: Report

Pakistan's efforts for a international series at home faces a blow: Report
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ISLAMABAD - The New Zealand cricket board has given a blow to Pakistan's aspirations of holding a bilateral series in Pakistan.

New Zealand to declined the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) invitation to the Black Caps to play a three-match Twenty20 series in Pakistan, New Zealand's *NewsHub link reported on Tuesday.

The Kiwis are set to play three Tests, three One Day Internationals and three T20 matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October 2018.

The PCB, however, had attempted to convince NZ for home series to hold the T20s in Pakistan but the foreign cricket board declined, saying the "circumstances weren't right" for the team.

NZ Cricket Chairman Greg Barclay told *NewsHub* that although the board was aware that its decision would be "disappointing" for the PCB, they had opted against it. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

"At the end of the day, it came down to following the advisory and the security reports we'd obtained," he said.

"There's no doubt they (PCB) are disappointed. 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," Barclay added. "So they're disappointed but they're good guys, we get on really well with Pakistan, and I think they're fully accepting of the decision that we've reached."

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