New Zealand player Mitchell McLennahan said that New Zealand players should not be blamed for canceling the trip to Pakistan because they just followed the government’s advice.
On Saturday, on the eve of the New Zealand team’s departure from Pakistan, the 35-year-old Pacer reacted to a satirical tweet from hitter Mohamed Hafez.
“Come on now, brother. It has bad taste… Don’t blame the players or the organization… Blame our government. They just act on the advice they receive. I am absolutely certain of these young people. People-all want to prove that they want to play. They have no choice,” McLennahan wrote on his Twitter.
On Saturday, Hafez cancelled his tour to Pakistan on the grounds of security threats to New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
“Thank the Pakistani army for the security arrangement @BLACKCAPS to reach the airport Safe & Sound. I want to know the same route and the same security, but there is no threat today???,” Hafez tweeted.
New Zealand arrived in Pakistan on September 11 after 18 years to participate in the White Ball Series, and plans to participate in three ODI and five T20 international matches.
However, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) abruptly cancelled the series before the first single-day international game at Rawalpindi Stadium on Friday, citing serious security threats.