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New Zealand may host part of Pakistan tour

New Zealand Cricket gave a ray of hope to Pakistan by saying it will discuss the possibility of hosting some of the matches of the scheduled Pakistan Cricket tour in November.

cricket Updated: Apr 03, 2009 19:52 IST

New Zealand Cricket on Friday gave a ray of hope to Pakistan by saying it will discuss the possibility of hosting some of the matches of the scheduled Pakistan Cricket tour in November.

NZC Chief Executive Justin Vaughan said they would weigh the options of staging some of the matches and would discuss it with the Pakistan officials during the ICC board meeting in Dubai later this month.

New Zealand were scheduled to play three Tests and five One-dayers during November-December in Pakistan but after the Sri Lankan team convoy was attacked in Lahore last months, there chances of touring the strife-torn nation looks bleak.

“Playing some of the games in New Zealand is something we can put on the table when we talk to the Pakistan people to see what their thoughts are,” Vaughan was quoted as saying in The News.

Meanwhile, ICC President David Morgan and Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, who are currently in New Zealand, hoped cricket would return to Pakistan and urged the cricketing nations not to isolate the troubled nation.

“There is no reason not to think so,” Lorgat said when asked if he feels international cricket could return to Pakistan.