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Kiwis arrive in Pak under heavy security

The New Zealand squad were greeted by more than 100 armed policemen when they arrived in Lahore for a five-match one-day series against Pakistan.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 13:59 IST
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The New Zealand cricket squad were greeted by more than 100 armed policemen when they arrived in Lahore for a five-match one-day series against Pakistan on Friday morning.

"We are taking no chances with their security and safety," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) cricket operations manager Zakir Khan told Reuters.

The squad is missing several top players through injury or withdrawals and includes seven who have not played one-day Internationals.

New Zealand Cricket's chief executive Martin Snedden, who negotiated the tour with Pakistan after expressing concerns over the safety and security of his players, also arrived with the squad.

New Zealand cut short their last visit to Pakistan in 2002 after 14 people died in a bomb blast outside their hotel in Karachi.

Four leading players withdrew from this tour, which was delayed after an anonymous threat was made against the New Zealanders.

Captain Stephen Fleming, batsman Nathan Astle and fast bowler Shane Bond are out with injury. Seven of the 14-man squad have not played international one-day cricket.

Vice-captain and spinner Daniel Vettori was not with the squad after remaining at home to be with his sick grandmother, but is expected to join the squad later.

The first one-dayer is on Saturday in Lahore.

First Published: Nov 28, 2003 13:59 IST