New Zealand confirm Pakistan tour

New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday confirmed Pakistan would tour later this year but admitted concerns at how the public would react to the visitors following their scandal-tainted trip to England.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan dismissed a British newspaper report that sports chiefs were considering scrapping the Pakistan tour and seeking the West Indies or Sri Lanka as replacements.

Vaughan said the Pakistan trip was locked in under the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Future Tours Programme and would go ahead as planned.

“You can’t just do that (change opponents) the way the Future Tours Programme is structured,” he told the New Zealand Herald.

“It’s not a process where you can say ‘we’d rather have someone else’. It doesn’t work that way.”

Pakistan are due in New Zealand late December for an 11-match tour that runs until early February.