“Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans. I’ve full trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies. They are our pride and always will be!” Babar Azam tweeted.
Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for milli… https://t.co/pvwpz7px9H
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) 1631875111000
“Such a shame for Pakistan Cricket .. These late call offs will damage the game hugely financially .. Hopefully security issues can be resolved to allow cricket to be played again in Pakistan .. !!” wrote former England captain Michael Vaughan on his Twitter handle.
Such a shame for Pakistan Cricket .. These late call offs will damage the game hugely financially .. Hopefully secu… https://t.co/KJCr0XUMZX
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1631875389000
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern on Friday before Blackcaps announced that they are abandoning their tour of Pakistan.
Imran Khan assured Ardern that Pakistan has one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team but New Zealand Cricket (NZC) still decided to return home after the NZ government security alert.
We have assured the NZ cricket board of the same. The Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New… https://t.co/2B5YBc3lRo
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1631871495000
New Zealand was slated to play their first match on Pakistan soil since 2003. The side was to play Pakistan on Friday in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20 series.
“Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series. Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured New Zealand Cricket of the same.
PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be… https://t.co/iEnq4ueZx6
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1631871496000
“The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” Pakistan Cricket Board stated in a statement.
“The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here,” PCB added.
NZC said it will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad.