ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Friday said Pakistan received no threat alert against New Zealand team on their tour.
Addressing media in Islamabad, he also said that New Zealand cancelled the Pakistan tour through a conspiracy in the last hour of starting of the first match. He said several security agencies were deployed in addition to 4,000 police personnel.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan even talked to his New Zealander counterpart, who said that team members may be attacked if they get out. While, none of our security agencies received any threat,” he said adding that the New Zealand’s government unilaterally took the decision in this regard.
The interior minister also said that the authorities even tried to convince New Zealand to play without crowd. To a query, he said that being a responsible country he could not reveal name of the country behind the conspiracy.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said New Zealand should have trusted Pakistani security agencies. “It is deplorable that New Zealand did not play even after coming into Pakistan,” he maintained.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja tweeted, “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.”
West Indian cricketer Daren Sammy tweeted, “Disappointed waking up to the news of the cancellation of the Pakistan Vs New Zealand series because of security issues. Over the last 6 years playing and visiting Pakistan has been one of the most enjoyable experiences. I’ve always felt safe. This is a massive blow to Pakistan.”
New Zealand had announced that the Black Caps were abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.