For safety reasons, Black Caps cancelled their tour, which included three ODIs and five T20Is. The board of directors stated that they had received information about security threats in Pakistan from the government and therefore decided not to participate in the field.
This NZC decision will have a huge impact on Pakistan’s cricket, which will host England, Australia and the West Indies in the coming months. The European Central Bank subsequently stated that they would make an announcement in the next few days. However, Michael Atherton believes that it is unlikely that the tour will continue.
Michael Atherton wrote in a column in The Times, “The European Central Bank announced yesterday that they will make a decision on the future of the tour within the next 24-48 hours. This sounds grim: you are very It’s hard to give the green light so quickly and so early. It’s hard to see the England Tour going on now.”
The prospect of some players withdrawing must be real: Michael Atherton
The England men’s and women’s teams plan to play two T20Is in Rawalpindi on October 13th and 14th, and the women’s team will continue to stay in 3 ODI games.
The 53-year-old commentator emphasized that because the NZC and the European Central Bank used the same security advisor ESI Risk on the security issues of the Pakistan trip, the British Commission may also choose to withdraw from their commitments. Or even if they continue to tour, some well-known players may quit.
“The best hope is that England’s security advice at the government level is different from that of New Zealand. Even so, the prospect of some players withdrawing must be real.
“This summer, when COVID requires a one-day series against England, Pakistan is already facing England’s second/third match. They may face similar things again, even if the tour is cleared. Given that New Zealand and England shared their safety concerns, this is difficult to see,” said Michael Atherton.
PCB expressed their disappointment and frustration with New Zealand leaving the tour. Ramiz Raja, the freshman PCB chairman, threatened to take matters with the ICC. Pakistan and New Zealand are also planning to clash at the T20 World Cup, which makes it now a highly anticipated match.