On Friday, the New Zealand Cricket Board informed the PCB and the government that they had warned about safety and decided to postpone the series, which is expected to be played in Pakistan without consultation. Following the first one-day international (ODI) postponement, a press release from Pakistan Cricket Board said New Zealand Cricket unanimously decided to postpone the match.
PM Imran Khan spoke to New Zealand PM Jacinda Adern:
In contrast, the official Twitter handle for New Zealand Cricket also confirmed the development and said, “now arrangements are being made for the team to leave. “It is noteworthy that PM Imran Khan also spoke to New Zealand PM Jacinda Adern himself. And assured her that Pakistan “has the world’s best intelligence systems and that there is no security threat of any kind on the visiting party.”
“The Pakistan government has made reliable security arrangements for all visiting teams,” the PCB said following the event. A New Zealand security official and team are satisfied with the security arrangements made by the Pakistani government during their stay here, the PCB said. Meanwhile, the New Zealand board said their team couldn’t continue the match.
BLACKCAPS is leaving its trip to Pakistan:
BLACKCAPS is leaving its trip to Pakistan following a security alert from the New Zealand government. “However, following an increase in the level of threats to the New Zealand Government in Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisers, it has been decided that BLACKCAPS will not continue with this trip.” The PCB said it is determined to continue with the planned games. Cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world will “be disappointed with this last-minute withdrawal.”
Jacinda Ardern says safety is paramount.
Meanwhile, PM Jacinda Ardern said she fully supported Cricket New Zealand’s decision to cancel its trip to Pakistan as the safety of the players was paramount. “When I spoke to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I would like to express our gratitude for caring for the New Zealand Cricket team,” Ardern said in a statement sent to Reuters. “I know how it will disappoint everyone that the game has not progressed, but we fully support the decision that has been made. The safety of the players must be at the forefront.”
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