New Zealand's visit to Pakistan is feared because of the Taliban's support for Pakistan. Recently animosity between Pakistan and Afghanistan has increased. Tensions escalated a few days ago when the two countries' military forces took up positions on the Torkham border. But after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan backed it.
That is why New Zealand's concerns about Pakistan's security are growing. Meanwhile, Kiwi cricketers have also expressed concern after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. That has created fears about New Zealand's visit to Pakistan. The Kiwis are scheduled to visit Pakistan for the first time in 18 years.
Heath Mills, head of the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association, said: "We are very comfortable with the process. But what is happening in Afghanistan in the last few days is very sad. People are obviously questioning our security testing process. There are players among them, which is completely understandable. We just need to reassure them about this process. It has to be followed and a resolution has to be reached. "
Reg Dixon, New Zealand Cricket's Independent Security Consultant, will visit Pakistan next week as an inspector to assess the current situation in Pakistan. After receiving his report, the country's cricket board decided to tour Pakistan.