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Pakistan threaten to pull out of New Zealand tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board has reacted to doubts over New Zealand’s willingness to play five one-day internationals next week by threatening to pull out of their tour to New Zealand next month. New Zealand are scheduled to play five one-day internationals in Pakistan, starting with the first game at Faisalabad on November 22, but the series has been cast into doubt after they received a threat regarding their safety. However, Tauqir Zia, the PCB chairman, said “It is a policy decision that we will not go to New Zealand if they don’t come to play in Pakistan.” Pakistan had earlier threatened to sue the South African board for US$ 7 million after they suddenly refused to tour Pakistan in September when a bomb exploded in an empty building in Karachi. However, the PCB agreed to revise the itinerary and excluded Karachi so that the South Africans could play five one-day internationals and two Tests in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi. However, it may prove more difficult to persuade New Zealand to come over. Their last tour of Pakistan in May last year was abandoned ahead of the last Test after a bomb exploded outside the players’ Karachi hotel, killing 14 people. Full Story

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