New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has told Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez that the Blackcaps should not be blamed for skipping the tour of Pakistan, but if anyone is to blame, it is the New Zealand government.
“Come on now brother. It tastes bad. Don’t blame the players or the organization… blame our government. They only acted on their advice. I’m pretty sure these are youngsters – all wanting to prove themselves.” Were they wanted to play. They had no choice,” McClenaghan tweeted.
on Saturday, Hafeez targets New Zealand cricket (NZC) to postpone their tour of Pakistan citing security threats. “Thank you to the security of Pakistan forces for making arrangements for the Blackcaps to reach the airport safe and sound. Wonder on the same route and same security but no threat today???” Hafeez tweeted.
Come now brother. It’s a bad taste of it… don’t blame the players or the organization… blame our government. He has acted only on the advice given to him. I am sure these youngsters – all want to prove themselves and play. He had no choice. https://t.co/vqawjEmfRT
— Michelle McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) September 18, 2021
The Blackcaps have abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a security alert from the New Zealand government, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) reported on Friday. New Zealand were set to play their first match on Pakistani soil since 2003. The side was scheduled to play hosts on Friday in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for the five-match T20I series.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also spoke New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern They are canceling their tour of Pakistan before the announcement of the Blackcaps. 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 the NZC decided to return home following a security alert from the NZ government.
Heath Mills, chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, echoed the sentiments of NZC chief executive David White. “We have been thorough in this process and fully supportive of the decision. The players are in good hands; they are safe – and everyone is acting in their best interest.” he said.
The New Zealand men’s cricket team arrived in Dubai on Sunday on a charter flight from Islamabad. The squad of 34 players and support staff is now settling in their hotel in Dubai and undergoing 24-hour self-isolation. Of this group, 24 will return to New Zealand over the next week, as flights and MIQ rooms become available in New Zealand.