PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players arrive in Dubai, set for 24-hour isolation before return home – The 34-man New Zealand contingent, who were on tour to Pakistan, have landed in Dubai after their series against the Men in Green was cancelled just before kick-off. The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Board decided to pull the plug on the series suggesting security concerns on the eve of the first game in Rawalpindi. The squad boarded a charter flight on Saturday from Islamabad before landing in Dubai undergo quarantine before venturing home.
PAK vs NZ cancelled: As per a statement by the New Zealand Cricket Board, the contingent of 34 players and support staff are now settling into their Dubai hotel and undergoing their 24-hour period of self-isolation. Of the 34, 24 will return to New Zealand over the next week or so, as flights and MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine) rooms in New Zealand become available. Subsequently, the arrangements made for the squad to arrive in New Zealand after the PAK vs NZ series now stand cancelled.
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PAK vs NZ cancelled: The remaining members of the contingent for New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan will stay back in the UAE and join up with New Zealand’s T20 World Cup squad, following the conclusion of the IPL 2021 Phase 2. The mega-event is set to kick off on October 17 in Oman and UAE.
New Zealand tour of Pakistan: New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said he was grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for helping organise the safe departure of the New Zealand team. “We appreciate this has been a terribly difficult time for the PCB and wish to pass on our sincere thanks to chief executive Wasim Khan and his team for their professionalism and care. What I can say is that we were advised this was a specific and credible threat against the team,” he said.
White added, “We had several conversations with New Zealand government officials before making the decision and it was after informing the PCB of our position that we understand a telephone discussion was conducted between the respective Prime Ministers. Unfortunately, given the advice we’d received, there was no way we could stay in the country.”
PAK vs NZ cancelled: Mr White said NZC remained comfortable with its initial decision to tour Pakistan, based on comprehensive assessments of the security situation, and the risk mitigation measures promised. “Everything changed on Friday,” he said. “The advice changed, the threat level changed and, as a consequence, we took the only responsible course of action possible.”