NZC Security Delegation Inspects Pakistan Ahead of T20 Series

NZC Security Delegation Inspects Pakistan Ahead of T20 Series

New Zealand Cricket Security Delegation Inspects Pakistan Ahead of T20 Series

A security delegation from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has arrived in Pakistan to assess the security arrangements for the upcoming T20 series between the two nations in April. The delegation, comprising two NZC officials and an independent security expert, will visit Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad to inspect match venues, team hotels, and receive briefings from government and security officials.

The five-match T20 series is scheduled to take place in Lahore and Rawalpindi from April 18 to 25. The New Zealand team is expected to arrive on April 14, but may be depleted by the absence of key players due to the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking place concurrently.

The security delegation’s visit is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of the New Zealand team during their tour of Pakistan. In September 2021, the New Zealand team abruptly returned home without playing a match after their government received credible threat information.

The delegation’s assessment will focus on evaluating the security measures in place, including venue security, transportation arrangements, and the overall security environment in Pakistan. They will also meet with local authorities and security personnel to discuss the security plan for the visiting team.

The New Zealand Players Association CEO is also part of the delegation, highlighting the importance of player safety and well-being. The delegation’s findings will be used to determine the level of security required for the New Zealand team during their tour.

The successful completion of the security delegation’s visit will pave the way for the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, which has been affected by security concerns in recent years. The T20 series between New Zealand and Pakistan is a significant step towards restoring Pakistan’s status as a safe destination for international sports events.