Kiwis consider playing T20s in Pakistan

New Zealand are weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years.

The Kiwis have not toured Pakistan since 2003 due to security concerns but they have been asked to play Twenty20 matches there later this year, governing body New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said.

"NZC has received a request from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) chairman for New Zealand to play in Pakistan," a NZC spokesman said.

"At the moment, NZC is doing due diligence on the request and consulting with security providers, the government and the players.

"We will respond to the PCB when this process has been completed."

The Black Caps are scheduled to play Tests and one-day internationals against Pakistan in November in the United Arab Emirates, the country's designated 'home' base.

No dates have been set for those matches but the spokesman said they would be played in the UAE.

Pakistan have remained largely starved of international cricket since the 2009 attacks on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's team in Lahore, which wounded six players and a British coach, and killed eight Pakistanis.

But Sri Lanka returned to the country for a Twenty20 match in October in Lahore and the West Indies played a recent T20 series in Karachi.

New Zealand abandoned their last Test tour of Pakistan in 2002 after a bomb exploded outside their Karachi hotel but returned the following year to play an ODI series.