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    BlackCaps abandon tour to Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert

    The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

    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.

    Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure.

    NZC chief executive David White said it was simply not possible to continue with the tour given the advice he was receiving.

    “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.”

    New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills echoed Mr White’s sentiments.

    “We’ve been across this process throughout and are fully supportive of the decision,” he said.

    “The players are in good hands; they’re safe – and everyone’s acting in their best interests.”

    NZC will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad.


    PCB statement

    Islamabad, 17 September 2021:

    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 the New Zealand Cricket of the same. 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.

    The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here.

    PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last minute withdrawal.
    Last edited by MenInG; 17th September 2021 at 15:31.

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