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Sport New Zealand abandon Pakistan tour due to ‘security alert’

17:05  17 september  2021
17:05  17 september  2021 Source:   cricket365.com

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New Zealand have abandoned their tour of Pakistan on the day of the opening fixture following a security alert issued by their Government.

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The Black Caps were due to play Pakistan later on Friday in the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi before moving to Lahore for a five-match Twenty20 series.

But in a statement, New Zealand Cricket said the team would not continue with the tour “following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground”.

The announcement will raise major questions over England’s planned Twenty20 matches in Pakistan, scheduled for next month.

New Zealand Cricket said it would not comment on the details of the security threat. Plans are now being put in place for the team to return home.

NZC chief executive David White said: “I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.”

In a statement of its own, the Pakistan Cricket Board expressed disappointment in the decision and said it was willing to continue the series.

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“Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” the statement said.

“Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured New Zealand Cricket of the same.

“The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team.

“The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here.

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a group of baseball players playing a football game: England are due to head to Pakistan next month for a pair of Twenty20 fixtures (David Davies/PA) © Provided by Cricket365 England are due to head to Pakistan next month for a pair of Twenty20 fixtures (David Davies/PA)

“PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last-minute withdrawal.”

England are due to head to Pakistan next month, with Twenty20 internationals scheduled on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi.

Last week the final Test between England and India was called off at the last minute as the tourists reported a number of Covid-19 cases within their camp, while England have postponed their own planned tour of Bangladesh to 2023.

Questions remain over this winter’s Ashes series in Australia, whose own planned fixtures against Afghanistan in November are in doubt.

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