After the New Zealand tour of Pakistan ended, the England Cricket Board also refrained from visiting Pakistan.
While cricket fans are saddened by this, the former cricketers and management are also saddened.
Taking it to Twitter, former captain Wasim Akram said “It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life”
“Unfortunately we live in a world where terror threats haunt sports and entertainment in every single country. But I would much rather play cricket in a country that is prepared for anything than one that isn’t,” he further stated.
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On the other hand, former bowling coach of Pakistan cricket team Waqar Younis said ” ‘Integrity Comes First’ unfortunately we live in a very cynical World. So let’s not cry over spilled milk. Let’s show the World that we are alive”.
Younis also stated that its time to shine team Pakistan, he also requested support from every Pakistani around the globe.
Earlier, New Zealand cancelled their Pakistan tour after raising security concerns, minutes before the start of the first ODI.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in its press release has said that New Zealand Cricket informed the board they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series.
“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 PCB added.
PCB also said that it was willing to continue the scheduled matches. “The cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last minute withdrawal,” the statement concluded.
The New Zealand’s official cricket account has also confirmed the development.
“However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour,” the official statement said.