The New Zealand team will depart from Pakistan on a chartered flight on Saturday, even as the cricketing community is angered by the sudden and unilateral decision to call off the tour due to the security threat.
pakistan cricket board CEO Wasim Khan confirmed that a chartered flight is scheduled to arrive on Saturday to pick up the New Zealand team.
“What happened today is very sad.” Khan said.
In a jolt to the cricket world and the Pakistanis, minutes before the start of the first one-day international between the two teams at the Pindi Stadium on Friday, New Zealand Cricket CEO David White announced that he was recalling his team after receiving advice . a serious security threat.
But the PCB chairman, Ramiz Raja, and the federal interior minister, Sheikh Rashid, both said the New Zealand board had not shared the security threat report with them.
not surprisingly, cricket community of pakistan Some former stalwarts including Shoaib Akhtar and Ramiz Raja turned to New Zealand to cause untold damage to Pakistan cricket.
New Zealand just killed Pakistan cricket
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021
It’s been a crazy day! Very sorry to the fans and our players. It is very disappointing to pull out of the tour unilaterally on a security threat. Especially when it’s not shared!! What world is NZ living in? NZ will hear us at the ICC.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 17, 2021
The Pakistan government and security officials are deeply troubled by Friday’s developments as apart from 4,000 policemen, commandos of the Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group (SSG) were also deployed for matches in Rawalpindi.
The interior minister told a news conference that he had also tried to persuade New Zealand to play the match without spectators.
“But they didn’t agree to it,” He disclosed.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, however, said in a statement that nothing is more important than the safety of players.
She said she can understand the gloom in Pakistan but the security threat is such that it cannot be ignored.
Meanwhile, England’s men’s and women’s teams are now scheduled to tour Pakistan in October. However, the ECB is now considering whether to send their cricketers for their upcoming tour of the country and their spokesperson confirmed that the cricket body will announce its decision in the next 24-48 hours.
“We are aware of New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour due to security alerts. We are in contact with our security team in Pakistan to fully understand the situation.”
“The ECB Board will decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should go ahead.” The spokesperson was quoted as saying in several news reports.