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'New Zealand cricket team calls off Pakistan tour after attack'

cricket Updated: Mar 04, 2009 10:47 IST

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New Zealand have cancelled their cricket tour of Pakistan after the deadly attack targeting Sri Lanka's team there, New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said.

"We're not going and I think that's pretty clear. I don't think any international team will be going to Pakistan in the foreseeable future," Vaughan told Radio New Zealand on Wednsday.

"Now we've seen that cricket can be a target and I think it creates a whole new set of issues and raises the security issue to a whole new level," he added.

New Zealand called off the tour, scheduled to start in November, after militants armed with grenades and guns ambushed Sri Lanka's players in Lahore yesterday.

Eight people died and seven players were wounded in the attack, which forced Sri Lanka to abandon their trip and threw a big question mark over international cricket in Pakistan -- a co-host for the 2011 World Cup.

New Zealand officials are expected to meet their Pakistani counterparts in international meetings in April or June, where they are likely to discuss moving the tour to a neutral venue.

"I think the options will probably revolve around playing them at a neutral venue. They have played previous games in the Gulf states, in Abu Dhabi," Vaughan said.

The New Zealand cricket team cut short their 2002 tour to Pakistan after a suicide bomber blew up a bus outside the team's hotel in Karachi, killing at least 12 people.