New Zealand abandoned the tour of Pakistan on Friday owing to the security concerns in the country. The Blackcaps were scheduled to play the first ODI of the tour on Friday itself but the players didn’t train ahead of the game.
The New Zealand Cricket confirmed receiving a security alert from its government following which the tour was cancelled just moments ahead of the first match in Rawalpindi. Both the teams were forced to stay at their hotel.
“The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour,” NZC said in the statement.
New Zealand was slated to play their first match on Pakistan soil after 18 years. The New Zealand cricket board have now started the arrangements to bring back its team from Rawalpindi.
The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 17, 2021
Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure.
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NZC chief executive David White said the players’ safety is paramount for the board and chosing to cancel the tour was a responsible option.
“I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.”