New Zealand tour of Pakistan on albeit slight delay

WELLINGTON: Here is some good news for Pakistan cricket fans. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has set aside security threats regarding their upcoming tour of Pakistan.

The Black Caps will go ahead. The only change in schedule so far is that the tour commences on 29 November and not from tomorrow as was originally scheduled.

In India cricket enthusiasts can catch live action on Ten Sports. New Zealand is following in the footsteps of South Africa. Earlier the South Africans had decided not to tour Pakistan but then had a change of heart. They managed to come back in the one day series and beat the hosts 3-2.

However New Zealand's revised schedule will mean that the dates of Pakistan's return tour of the kiwis will get affected. This will air on ESPN Star Sports. The tour was originally scheduled to start on 8 December.

Reports also indicate that The Black Caps will get royal treatment security wise. The armed security that will be provided is normally reserved for heads of state. The decision to go ahead was decided after NZC chief executive Martin Snedden was satisfied that the recent email threat to their safety did not warrant cancellation.

It may be recalled that New Zealand's last tour to Pakistan in May last year was shortened after a bomb exploded outside its Karachi hotel. This resulted in the death of 14 people. NZC has still left options open for individual players to pull out if their personal fears are too much.

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