New Zealand on Friday abandoned their limited overs series against Pakistan citing security reasons. The match was called off minutes before the Kiwis were about to play the 1st ODI match against Pakistan at Rawalpindi. New Zealand’s quick decision shocked many across the world as the fans were prepared to enter the stadium moments before the match was called off. Many Pakistani cricketers have raised their voices against NZC’s unilateral decision.
Former South African cricketer David Wiese has opened up about the issue. A user with David Weise’s name tweeted: “I have visited many countries but found Pakistan most beautiful and peaceful country. No doubt Pakistani Army and Air force is the best force in the world Teacup without handle. I request New Zealand to review its decision. Stay Strong Pakistan, Best Wishes from South Africa. #PAKvNZ.”
David Wiese in response said that he loves to play in Pakistan and has no issues on its security. He also mentioned that the earlier tweet came from a fake account.
He tweeted: “I have always enjoyed myself in Pakistan, the people are very welcoming and the security has never been an issue!! This tweet is however from a fake account!!”
New Zealand cricket board released a statement which read: “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.”
NZC chief executive David White said: “I understand this will be 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 have decided not to comment further on Pakistan’s security threats. The PCB on the other hand said that New Zealand unilaterally decided to call off the series without consulting PCB.
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PCB further added: In a statement regarding the same, “Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made fool proof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured 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.”
The statement further added, “PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. “However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last-minute withdrawal. is in danger of being cancelled after the first match of the ODI series could not begin on time on Friday at the Pindi stadium.”
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