A day after New Zealand canceled their limited-overs series against Pakistan citing security concerns, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez took a dig at the Black Caps. The senior Pakistan cricketer shared a picture on Twitter of the New Zealand team, which left the country on Saturday evening.
In his tweet, Hafeez thanked the Pakistan Army for ensuring that the foreigners left the country ‘safe and sound’. They also thought it was the same security as on Friday, yet the New Zealand cricketers did not feel threatened.
— Mohd Hafeez (@mhafeez22) September 18, 2021
New Zealand canceled their tour of Pakistan moments before the first ODI in Rawalpindi following a security alert from their government. This was New Zealand’s first tour of Pakistan in 18 years.
New Zealand were to play the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi on Friday, before heading to Lahore for the five-match T20I series. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also tried to convince his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, however, the move was to no avail.
Khan assured Ardern that Pakistan had the best intelligence system in the world and that there was no security threat to the visiting team, but New Zealand Cricket (NZC) refused to return home despite the NZ government’s security alert. has decided.
Heath Mills, chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, echoed the sentiments of NZC chief executive David White. “We have been through this process and fully support the decision. The players are in good hands, they are safe – and everyone is acting in their best interest,” he said.
The expanded 33-member New Zealand cricket team left for Dubai on a chartered flight from Islamabad on Saturday evening. New Zealand players and officials had to undergo rapid COVID-19 tests at the airport and after all reports came back negative, they were allowed to board the flight amid stringent security protocols.