Rawalpindi: The New Zealand cricket team on Friday abandoned its ongoing tour of Pakistan before the start of the first ODI here, citing a security threat which the host board insisted did not exist while declaring the pull-out a unilateral move.
Trouble Began when the First ODI of the white ball series could not begin on time at the Rawalpindi stadium on Friday with both teams remaining in their hotel rooms.
New Zealand cricket Chief executive David white eventually issued a statement to say that it was simply not possible to continue with the tour given the advice he was receiving from his government.
“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.” he said.
New Zealand team has backed out of its tour of Pakistan over security concerns hours before the first match was Scheduled to start at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
In a statement, the Pakistan cricket board said that Prime Minister Imran khan personally spoke to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that Pakistan had “one of the best intelligence system in the world and that no security threat of any kind” existed of the visite team.
The Security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the government throughout their stay,” the statement said, adding that the PCB was willing to continue the matches.
“Cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last withdrawal,” the PCB said.