After New Zealand cancelled their tour of Pakistan on Friday, many journalists, sportsmen and former cricketers have expressed their disappointment, frustration and anger over the developing situation, which will have a far-reaching impact on cricket in Pakistan.
Responding to development, former Saint Lucian cricketer from West Indies, Daren Sammy expressed his disappointment and said that playing and visiting Pakistan had been one of the most enjoyable experiences for him over the last six years.
“This is a massive blow to Pakistan,” Sammy tweeted.
National cricket team’s Captain Babar Azam said that he was extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series.
“I’ve full trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies. They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!,” Azam wrote on Twitter.
The newly-appointed PCB Chief Ramiz Raja responded that he was feeling sorry for cricket fans and players.
“Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating,” the chairman added.
Ramiz Raja further told the touring team that they would “hear us at ICC”.
Former star paceman Shoaib Akhtar blamed the Black Caps and said they had just killed Pakistan cricket.
“Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack; Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand; Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour; This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed; Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused; Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL,” the former cricketer mentioned in another tweet.
Dennis Freedman, an Australia-based sports journalist, shared few videos and photos of his visit to Pakistan with a caption: “You can’t do this if Pakistan is unsafe.”
However, he also spoke on behalf of the concerned New Zealand side.
“There is a team of grown men who are currently afraid. You might not share the same view, but it doesn’t matter what you think. You currently don’t feel threatened,” he explained to disgruntled Pakistani fans.