Pakistan approves security plan for New Zealand tour


Pakistan batsman Mohammad Rizwan (L) celebrates hitting a six with teammate Mohammad Hafeez during the third T20 cricket match between New Zealand and Pakistan on December 22, 2020 at McLane Park. – AFP / File

Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the federal cabinet had approved the security plan for the visit to New Zealand.

The federal minister said the New Zealand team would be provided “exceptional” security, as a tragic incident occurred “for the last time” during their visit to Pakistan.

The tour of New Zealand to Pakistan was cut short in 2002 after a bomb blast outside the team’s hotel in Karachi. The Kiwis played a one-day series in 2003, but have not toured Pakistan since.

In addition, chief selector Muhammad Waseem on Monday announced Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from October 17.

Wasim announced a 15-member squad in which three players were selected as reserves. The same team will play home series against New Zealand and England in the coming weeks.

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