New Zealand have 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
It further added that arrangements were now being made for the team’s departure.
However, the New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) has said that it will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad
The Black Caps were touring Pakistan after 18 years. Last time the two cricketing nations played an ODI match, was two years ago in 2019 ICC World Cup.