A 33-member New Zealand cricket team departing for Dubai on a charter flight.© Instagram
The extended 33-member New Zealand cricket team departed from Islamabad for Dubai on a charter flight the following Saturday night after abandoning the entire country tour due to security concerns. New Zealand athletes and officials had to undergo a quick COVID-19 test at the airport, and after all reports were negative, they were allowed to board the plane under strict security protocols. rice field. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) suddenly canceled its series in Pakistan on Friday, just before its first One Day International at Rawalpindi Stadium, for being seriously threatened.
Neither the New Zealand Board of Directors nor their government shares the nature of the threat with the Government of Pakistan, security authorities, or the Pakistan Cricket Commission.
Apparently upset Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Saturday he made an excuse to go home because the New Zealand team wasn’t threatened and didn’t want to play the series.
New Zealand was scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on September 11th for the White Ball series 18 years later, playing three ODIs and five T20 Internationals.
They also held several practice sessions at Pindy Stadium under strict security, but on match day before it became clear that visitors had a threat leading to their government 2 When two teams did not leave the hotel, all hell collapsed and advised to cancel the tour.
The New Zealand move could also negatively impact the likelihood that England and Australia teams will tour Pakistan later this year.
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