After a day of giving up the entire Pakistan trip, 33 members new Zealand On Saturday night, the team took a chartered flight from Islamabad to Dubai. New Zealand players and officials must undergo a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport, and after all reports are negative, they are allowed to board the plane.
To the shock of the cricket world, Black Caps cancelled their tour for safety reasons, which included 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is.
The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Committee claimed that they had received information from the government about security threats in Pakistan and therefore decided that the players would not participate in the game. Neither team left the hotel on Friday.
“With the escalation of the threat level from the New Zealand government to Pakistan and the recommendations of the local NZC security adviser, it has been decided that Blackcaps will not continue to tour. Arrangements are being made for the team’s departure,” NZC said in a statement on Friday. .
So far, neither the New Zealand Board of Directors nor its government has shared the nature of the threat with PCB or the Pakistani government.
New Zealand will listen to us at the ICC: PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja
The freshman PCB chairman Ramiz Raja did not chop up any words while blasting when they cancelled their Pakistan Tour in the 11th hour.
The former captain Ramiz Raja, who was appointed as the new chairman a few days ago, clarified on Twitter that the visitors “unilaterally” took steps to cancel the series and did not share security threats with PCB. Raja said he will refer the matter to the International Criminal Court.
“A crazy day has passed! I am very sorry for the fans and our players. It is very frustrating to withdraw from the tour by taking a unilateral approach to security threats. Especially when it is not shared!! What world does New Zealand live in? New Zealand will hear our voices at the ICC,” Ramiz Raja tweeted.
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
Now this will become a major obstacle for PCBs as they have slowly tried to bring international cricket back to Pakistan in the past few years. U.K, Australia and the West Indies plan to visit this Asian country in the coming months. The trip to England next month is seriously questioned. The European Central Bank will make a decision within a few days.