New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board, players and their fans were in for shock on Friday when New Zealand announced that they were abandoning their white ball tour to the country citing security reasons.
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.
However, the newly appointed PCB chairman Rameej Raja was less that Iimpressed with the move and took to Twitter to express his disappointment.
“Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC,” he tweeted.
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam also this brupt postponement of the series which will left millions of fans frustrated.
“Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans. I’ve full trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies. They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!,” he said in a tweet.
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez tweeted,” “Pakistan is Safe & Proud nation. Postponing series is absolutely Sad news for the whole Nation.”
This was New Zealand’s first tour of Pakistan in 18 years and the series was to comprise three ODIs and five T20 Internationals.
New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said the decision to withdraw is in the best interest of the players.
“The players are in good hands; they’re safe – and everyone’s acting in their best interests,” Mills said.
NZC also made it clear that it will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad.
The PCB said that the security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with the arrangements made by the hosts throughout their stay here.