New Zealand captain Kane Williamson wants New Zealand Decided to withdraw from the trip to Pakistan There is no “lasting impact” on Pakistan’s games.
Although Williamson did not participate in the series and will lead the Hyderabad Sunrise in the second leg of the Indian Super League, Williamson has been closely monitoring the development of the situation.
“I don’t know the details of yesterday. It was a sudden call, but obviously, it’s really a shame. Cricket in Pakistan is an amazing thing and it has very good support. There is so much enthusiasm there, I I think these people will be frustrated by not starting and participating in the entire series. But I am not sure about the details because I am participating in IPL in Dubai. In the next few days, I will find more information about it,” William Sen told athletic star Saturday.
A few hours before the first ODI in Rawalpindi on Friday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) decided to abandon the limited tour after receiving a security alert from the government. NZC stated that the safety of players is the most important, and many people believe that its decision may affect international teams that intend to travel to Pakistan in the future.
Williamson hopes this is not the case.
“Of course I hope not. You want to play the game in all countries. This is an international competition, and the whole world is passionate about it, especially in Pakistan. It’s really exciting to see this series back there , I know our team is looking forward to it. Player safety is the most important thing. When you hear the message from the government, it must be the top priority for the players,” Williamson said.
“They are obviously over there, ready to go to the ground. This is a sudden occurrence. I certainly hope that it will not have a lasting impact, because it is a special place for cricket, and I see cricket returning to Pakistan. And a lot of progress has been made to play safely there. We have seen this happen many times, so hope that there will be more cricket there.”
This is the third time the International Touring Team has left Pakistan, worrying about its safety. In May 2002, a few hours before the second test in Karachi, a bomb exploded outside the New Zealand team hotel. The New Zealand player was not injured, but the explosion killed 12 people and forced the team to leave the country immediately. In 2009, the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore while heading to the Gaddafi Stadium to participate in the third day of the second test. Six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured and six policemen and two civilians were killed.
For nearly a decade, international teams have refused to travel to Pakistan, forcing the country’s cricket team to host a bilateral series in a neutral place in the United Arab Emirates. However, in recent years, international teams including South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have toured Pakistan, and even the Pakistan Premier League has been conducted domestically with the participation of overseas players.