NZ cancel Pakistan tour after bombing


New Zealand cricket officials today cancelled the test tour of Pakistan after a bomb blast outside their hotel in Karachi.

Nine people were killed in the blast. The New Zealand team and officials were not injured.

"I have made a decision to immediately cancel the remainder of New Zealand's cricket test tour of Pakistan," NZ Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden said

"I will now make an arrangement for the team to immediately fly out of Pakistan and return home to New Zealand."

Pakistan easily beat New Zealand in the first test in Lahore.

The New Zealand team was due to leave Pakistan after the second test, which had been scheduled to start later today.

The bomb exploded at around 3 a.m. alongside a navy bus which was parked near the luxury Sheraton Hotel.