Black Caps' series under threat

Last updated 00:38 06/08/2008

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The Black Caps' pre-Champions Trophy one-day cricket series against Pakistan later this month is increasingly looking like a casualty because of the level of terrorist activity in that country.

New Zealand was slated to play three one-dayers in Pakistan in late August as its build up to the Champions Trophy set down for Pakistan from September 11-28.

The visit was seen as an ideal shake-down before the event to get New Zealand acclimatised and accustomed to playing conditions in Pakistan after a break following its England tour.

To achieve that now appears almost impossible as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) task force designed to review security in the strife-torn country does not visit until next week.

That will give New Zealand little time to select a team from those who might still want to go, given the heightened terrorist concerns, and get it organised. The only way something could be salvaged was if the series could be postponed.

New Zealand Cricket is not commenting on anything about Pakistan until it has further consultations with the ICC.

However, the New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive, Heath Mills, said his body's stance that Pakistan is unsafe to tour is not expected to change.

"The task force security advisors do not include any of our security people and in our view I don't see anything that will have changed," Mills said yesterday.

Mills will have contact with Federation of International Cricketers Associations chief executive Tim May, who is on the visit.

Several Black Caps have expressed concerns about touring Pakistan, especially after a spate of terrorist attacks in recent months.

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