Australian team not willing to tour Pakistan

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New Zealand Cricket Spokesman said, New Zealand considering a request to play an upcoming match in Pakistan for the first time Since 2003 after an invitation from the South Asian nation's cricket board.

"NZC has received a request from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) chairman for New Zealand to play in Pakistan", a NZC spokesman said.

"The two boards have been requested to play the T20 matches of their series in Pakistan to help support the PCB in bringing back worldwide cricket to the country", Sethi said.

NZC public affairs manager Richard Boock told Radio Sport they're conducting due diligence around the security situation.

Australia are also due to play Pakistan in September and October, with three Tests drafted in for the UAE and a one-off T20 match on yet-to-be-confirmed dates.

Pakistan has lined up a total of 29 ODIs before next year's World Cup in England and is keen to few of them being played at home.

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Boock said NZC had no pre-conceived position and will respond to the PCB's request when the process is complete.

Sri Lanka returned to the country for a T20 match in Lahore in October and the Windies played a recent T20 series in Karachi which saw sell-out stadiums. However, the NZC has received an invitation from the PCB to play a Twenty20 series and they're now in discussion among themselves and will soon get back to PCB.

In 2002, New Zealand abandoned their last test tour of Pakistan after a bomb exploded outside their Karachi hotel.

Apart from worldwide cricket, domestic tournaments like the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been a witness to several players withdrawing from touring the country.

Later this year, Australia is scheduled to play tests and limited overs matches against Pakistan at the UAE.

"We need to understand what's happening there and get information about security plans and the risks involved".

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