Black caps cancels tour to Pakistan

Published: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:46 [IST]
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New Zealand cancels Pakistan tour

Christchurch: New Zealand have cancelled their planned tour of Pakistan in the wake of a terrorist attack targeting the Sri Lanka team in Lahore on Tuesday.

Six police officers and two civilians were killed, and seven Sri Lanka team members were injured when gunmen opened fire on the team bus outside Gaddafi stadium as the bus arrived for the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

New Zealand were due to tour Pakistan in December, but NZ Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan has told Radio New Zealand the tour will not go ahead.

"The tour has been called off," he said.

"We are not going - I think that's pretty clear.

"I don't think any international team will be going to Pakistan in the foreseeable future."

Vaughan did not rule out playing at a neutral venue.

"We will meet with Pakistan authorities next time we see them, which will probably be either at ICC (International Cricket Council) meetings in April or June, and then talk about what the options are," he added.

"I think the options would probably revolve around playing at a neutral venue -they have played previous games in the Gulf States, in Abu Dhabi - and we'd want to assess Pakistan's thinking about that."

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