The limited-overs series between Pakistan and New Zealand, which was to begin today in Rawalpindi, has been canceled due to a “security alert”.
“The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert. The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series,” New Zealand Cricket said in a release.
“However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.”
A press release by the PCB confirmed the statement.
“Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” reads the press release.
“Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same. The Pakistan prime minister spoke personally to the prime minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” it added.
New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said it was a “blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.”
NZC will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad, concluded the press release.