NZC defends decision to cancel Pakistan tour
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Sun Sep 19 2021
The NZC defended the decision to cancel the Pakistan tour, while abandoning its tour of Pakistan in the hours before the opening ODI, after a “specific and credible threat.”
The New Zealand cricket team and support staff on Sunday (Arrived in Dubai on a special charter in the early morning of 19 Sep).
The 34-member squad, including 21 players and support staff, will serve a 24-hour state-of-the-art self-isolation service at their Dubai hotel, before 21 of the party return home to New Zealand as “flying and managed” over the next week. . isolation and quarantine rooms become accessible,
New Zealand Cricket said in a statement. The remaining players will remain in the UAE and join the New Zealand T20 World Cup squad before the start of October 17.
Without elaborating on the nature of the security threat the touring party faces on game day, NZC chief executive David White said in a statement that “everything changed” on Friday, the opening day of the series.
The face of security alerts endorsed by NZC security advisers. The ground in Pakistan and by other independent sources. White said he had no choice but to ensure the safety of the first visiting team.
“We appreciate what has been a very difficult time for the PCB and would like to thank Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan and his team for their professional approach and care,” White said.
The NZC shared intel with the PCB of its Pakistani counterpart. White stressed that the specifics cannot and will not be shared publicly.
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“What I can say is that we were advised that this was a specific and credible threat against the team. We had several talks with New Zealand government officials before making a decision and informed the PCB of our position. After we understand a telephone statement was conducted between the respective prime ministers.
“Everything changed on Friday,” White said. “Advices changed, threat associations changed and, as a result, we assumed the only responsible course of action.”