new Zealand Have given up their trip Pakistan Because of the “government security alert.” On Friday night, the Black Hats were supposed to play against Pakistan in the first of the three ODIs in Rawalpindi, and then went to Lahore to participate in the five T20I series in Lahore.
However, in its statement, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Based on the advice they received from the government, they confirmed that they would “no longer participate in this trip.”
The statement is as follows: “After the New Zealand government issued a security alert, BLACKCAPS is abandoning their trip to Pakistan.
“With the escalation of the threat level of the New Zealand government to Pakistan and the recommendations of the local NZC security consultant, it has been decided that BLACKCAPS will not continue to tour.
“Now arrangements are being made for the team’s departure.”
Due to the infamous Sri Lankan bus attack in Lahore during the 2009 tournament, international cricket gradually returned to Pakistan after a decade of absence, and NZC decided to withdraw from the tournament.
Here is how the cricket community reacted to the news:
Despite all guarantees, you cancelled the tour due to the threat of HOAX! ! @黑帽 Do you understand the impact of your decision?
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 17, 2021
New Zealand just killed Pakistan cricket 😡😡
-Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021
Pakistan 🇵🇰 Intelligence agencies and Pakistan Armed Forces r the pride of every Pakistani.This unilateral decision @黑帽 Is unacceptable. Pakistan is a safe and proud county.
— Mohamed Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 17, 2021
Woke up disappointedly because of safety issues, the news of Pakistan’s cancellation of the New Zealand series. In the past 6 years, playing and visiting Pakistan has been one of the most enjoyable experiences. I always feel very safe. This is a huge blow to Pakistan☹️
-Darensammy (@darensammy88) September 17, 2021
Heartbroken to see the last minute retreat #PAKvNZ In the past 18 years, we have all waited for this series and are very excited. Pakistan has made a lot of efforts to bring cricket back home, and we will continue to do so iA #Pakistan Jindabad 🇵🇰
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) September 17, 2021
This is big news about New Zealand withdrawing from the trip to Pakistan and returning home.I feel like cricket enthusiasts in Pakistan, but since this is due to a perceived security threat, it will also affect other teams that tour there
-Harsha Bhogle (hobhogleharsha) September 17, 2021
A crazy day has passed! Very sorry for the fans and our players. It is very frustrating to withdraw from a tour by taking a unilateral approach to security threats. Especially when it is not shared! ! In which world does New Zealand live? New Zealand will hear our voices at ICC.
-Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 17, 2021
Very disappointed by the scale of events in the cricket world. The fans, players and all stakeholders who worked hard to bring the game back to Pakistan were shocked. We must continue to work hard to promote the momentum of Pakistani cricket 🇵🇰
-Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) September 17, 2021
New Zealand cancelled their tour to Pakistan a few hours before the start of the first game… on the grounds of safety issues. This may have a serious impact on future trips to Pakistan. England-Australia and New Zealand (again) plan to travel to Pakistan in the next 12 months. #PakvNZ
— Akash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 17, 2021
The way it all ends before it starts is very disappointing. Not the best day for Pak cricket. #NZvPAK
-zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 17, 2021
-Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) September 17, 2021
Pakistan has made great efforts to get international cricket back on track. There have been no international cricket matches in the past 6 years, we have lost a lot, and today may set us back again. The decision to exit and the sudden timing was very disappointing. #PAKvNZ
-Mountain Masood (hanishani_official) September 17, 2021
The security situation in Pakistan is good and satisfactory. Provided an extraordinary safety guarantee for the New Zealand team. After full assurance and satisfaction, it is incomprehensible to call on New Zealand to withdraw and postpone the series at the last minute.
-Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) September 17, 2021
— Anwar Ali Khan (@realanwarali48) September 17, 2021
If you have to create all these dramas, why do you come? Can’t you announce this a few days ago, or even yesterday? #PakvNZ
-Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) September 17, 2021
Share with cricket fans!
↓↓ Scroll down ↓↓
for The latest cricket news and updates, Subscribe to our Daily newsletter.