New Zealand abandon tour of Pakistan citing safety risk | Cricket Information

RAWALPINDI: New Zealand deserted its cricket tour of Pakistan on Friday over safety considerations that mystified the hosts, simply earlier than the Black Caps’ first scheduled match in Pakistan in 18 years.
New Zealand Cricket stated it obtained a safety alert from its authorities and made the choice to cancel the tour simply moments earlier than the scheduled begin of the one-day worldwide sequence in Rawalpindi. Each groups stayed at their resort.
“Following an escalation within the New Zealand authorities risk ranges for Pakistan, and recommendation from NZC safety advisers on the bottom, it has been determined the Black Caps is not going to proceed with the tour,” NZC stated on its web site.
“Preparations at the moment are being made for the group’s departure.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board stated Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke personally to New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern and knowledgeable her “we’ve among the finest intelligence programs on the earth and that no safety risk of any sort exists for the visiting group.”
“The Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan authorities made foolproof safety preparations for all visiting groups. We’ve assured the New Zealand Cricket of the identical.”

New Zealand have been to play three ODIs in Rawalpindi and 5 Twenty20s in Lahore. Each cities and the safety preparations have been cleared by NZC’s safety group final month.
NZC chief government David White stated the recommendation he obtained made the tour not possible to proceed, and he was supported by the New Zealand Cricket Gamers Affiliation.
“I perceive this will probably be a blow for the PCB, who’ve been fantastic hosts, however participant security is paramount and we consider that is the one accountable possibility,” White stated.
The PCB stated it tried its finest to persuade the Kiwis, however “cricket lovers in Pakistan and all over the world will probably be disenchanted by this final minute withdrawal (of New Zealand).”
The Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja stated New Zealand must reply for the pullout on the ICC.

Pakistan was a no go zone for worldwide cricket groups for a decade after terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka group bus in Lahore in 2009. The ambush killed seven folks and injured a number of Sri Lankan cricketers, together with Thilan Samaraweera, who’s among the many New Zealand tour administration because the batting coach.
Since worldwide groups resumed touring Pakistan in 2019, that is the primary occasion of a group having to desert whereas within the nation.
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