New Zealand abandoned their limited-overs cricket tour of Pakistan on Friday citing security concerns, much to the disappointment of the cricket fraternity in the South Asian country. The Blackcaps were set to play three ODIs and five T20Is in Pakistan but the series was cancelled without a ball being bowled after New Zealand Cricket (NZC) cited a “government security alert” to withdraw from the tour. The development took place on the same day the opening ODI was to take place in Rawalpindi. The last-minute pull-out didn’t go down well with Pakistan’s cricket fraternity, including former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to step in.
“If there is such a thing (security threat), you should share it with us. Our board is also saying that you should share what this threat is but you aren’t doing that. Our Prime Minister spoke; you didn’t even listen to him,” he added.
Inzamam added that since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team, security provided to international cricket teams in Pakistan has been similar to that given to visiting heads of states.
“You say just before a match that you have a threat. You were our guests. Had you spoken to us, our agencies would have looked into it,” he remarked.
“I don’t think something like this (security alert) happened. Had it happened, they would definitely have shared it (with Pakistan). I trust our security agencies. Had something like this (security threat) been there, they would have been the first to know,” he added.
He called on ICC to take action against the Kiwis for the withdrawal from the series.
“I cannot accept this. I would say that ICC should step in and take action. If New Zealand cannot share their inputs with us, then at least share it with ICC. We should at least know what this (threat) is.”
/ 9 months ago
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