New Zealand women ready to play in England despite bomb threat
The New Zealand Cricket Board has confirmed that New Zealand women’s cricket team has received bomb threats in England.
According to a report by a private news agency, the New Zealand Cricket Board said that the England and Wales Cricket Board had received threatening emails which were related to the New Zealand women’s cricket team.
The security of the New Zealand women’s cricket team has been beefed up after receiving threatening emails. They were also threatened that a bomb would be placed on their plane on their return to New Zealand.
On the other hand, according to Cricinfo website, a member of the New Zealand team management said that he received a threat that a bomb would be planted in the team’s hotel building.
According to New Zealand Cricket, the threat did not explicitly refer to the women’s team, but the threat was taken seriously and investigated, after which the threat was not considered credible.
It should be noted that a few days ago, the New Zealand men’s team had unilaterally canceled the tour of Pakistan due to the same security concerns and the team had returned home.
On September 17, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had said Pakistan received no threat alert against New Zealand team on their tour.
Addressing media in Islamabad, he had also said that New Zealand cancelled the Pakistan tour through a conspiracy in the last hour of starting of the first match. He had 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 had said adding that the New Zealand’s government unilaterally took the decision in this regard.
The interior minister had also said that the authorities even tried to convince New Zealand to play without crowd.