PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players to leave Pakistan via a chartered flight on Saturday

PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players to leave Pakistan via a chartered flight on Saturday
PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players to leave Pakistan via a chartered flight on Saturday

PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players to leave Pakistan via a chartered flight on Saturday: The New Zealand team will fly out of Pakistan in a chartered flight on Saturday, even as the cricket community is fuming over the sudden and unilateral decision of the visitors to abandon the tour due to a security threat.

Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan confirmed that a chartered flight will be coming on Saturday to take the New Zealand team.

“It is a very sad thing that has happened today,” Khan said.

The cricketing world and Pakistanis were left shocked on Friday after just minutes before the start of the first One-Day International between the two teams at the Rawalpindi stadium, New Zealand Cricket CEO David White announced that they were calling their team back after receiving advice of a serious security threat.

PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players to leave Pakistan via a chartered flight on Saturday

But PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed both said that the New Zealand board had not shared the security threat report with them.

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Not surprisingly, Pakistan’s cricket community was fuming and some former stalwarts waded into New Zealand for causing untold harm to Pakistan cricket.

The Pakistan government and security officials are understandably upset at Friday’s development as besides 4000 policemen, commandos of the Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group (SSG) were also deployed for the matches in Rawalpindi.

The interior minister said at a press conference that they had even tried to convince New Zealand to play the match without spectators.

“But they did not agree to it,” he disclosed.

PAK vs NZ cancelled: New Zealand players to leave Pakistan via a chartered flight on Saturday

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, however, said in a statement that nothing was paramount than the safety of players.

She said she could understand the disappointment in Pakistan but the security threat was such that it could not be ignored.

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