Aakash Chopra fears “serious consequences” for Pakistan as New Zealand abandons tour for safety reasons, Sports News
The New Zealand Cricket Team (NZC) abandoned their historic tour of Pakistan for security reasons just before the tour started on Friday (September 17th). The visitors have canceled the tour and are about to return home.
According to the official board statement, the tour was canceled due to a security alert. For the uninitiated, the Black Caps had arrived in Pakistan on a limited tour, comprising three ODIs and five T20Is, after a long hiatus of 18 years. Their last international tour in the Asian country dates back to December 2003.
“The New Zealand team’s security officials have been pleased with the security arrangements the Pakistani government has made throughout their stay here. PCB is ready to continue with the scheduled matches. However, cricket fans in Pakistan and the world will be disappointed with this last-minute withdrawal, “the official statement from the NZC board reads.
Following the tour’s cancellation, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has expressed concerns for Pakistani cricket, which is slowly recovering when it comes to hosting home games. He tweeted, saying: “New Zealand canceled their Pakistan tour hours before the start of the first game… citing security concerns. This could have serious consequences for future tours in Pakistan. in the next 12 months. “
New Zealand canceled their tour of Pakistan hours before the start of the first match… citing security concerns. This could have serious consequences for future tours in Pakistan. England-Australia and New Zealand (again) are expected to visit Pak within the next 12 months. #PakvNZ
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 17, 2021
New Zealand were due to play three ODIs and five T20Is against Babar Azam & Co. ahead of the T20 World Cup. However, the last minute cancellation of the tour put PCB under the scanner.
The official statement from PCB read: “Earlier today the New Zealand Cricket Council informed us that they had been alerted to a security alert and unilaterally decided to postpone the series. Pakistan have made full security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured the New Zealand Cricket Council. The Prime Minister has spoken personally with the Prime Minister of New Zealand and briefed her on this. that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threats of any kind exist to the visiting team. been pleased with the security arrangements made by the Government of Pakistan throughout their stay here. PCB is ready to continue with the scheduled matches. However, cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed with this last minute withdrawal. “
It remains to be seen what the future holds for the New Zealand tour of Pakistan. Will it be reprogrammed later? For now, times are gloomy for Pakistani cricket and its ardent fans.