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The New Zealand cricket team has cancelled its tour of Pakistan Friday.

The development took place a few minutes after the sources revealed that the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand was cancelled reportedly owing to security concerns, sources said.

Earlier, speculation was rife that three Pakistani players had tested positive for coronavirus due to which the match has been cancelled.

She said the interior minister will hold a press conference at 5:00pm to shed more light on the matter.

Sources further told Geo News that players of both teams have been told to remain in their rooms and not venture out.

An official version of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to be released on the issue. The cricket ground remains empty, with no ground support staff or broadcast crew available present.

Alia Rasheed said Pakistanis in general and Islamabad, Rawalpindi fans in particular are extremely disappointed at the match getting cancelled.

Veteran sports journalist Abdul Majid Bhatti said the PCB, which actively sends press releases multiple times a day, was observing "complete silence" over the matter.

He expressed concern that the entire series may get cancelled if the situation deteriorates.

 

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THIS IS EFFING REDICULOUS, MAY WE ASK WHAT SECURITY THREATS THEY WERE LOOKING FOR. FOR ME ITS MORE OF A POLITICAL MOVE THEN ANYTHING ELSE. WHAT A SHAME.
 

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This is the move to damage Pakistan cricket again. They did not felt security concern when team was travelling to and from Stadium for past 5 days. And suddenly the abandon series an hour before match. Looks like diplomatic issue more than security/COVID issue...
 

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Lol..now sheikh Rasheed will come and explain how India sabotage this tour...as usual ..India did this or that ..what are we doing ?
 

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Based on UK high commission alert as per Geo tv. This looks like a conspiracy.
Really embarrassing situation for Pakistan. Anyways we are used to it. Sharm magur an nah aati
 

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Why the F havent we reciprocated this in India as well, any self respecting country would make it so that not even a single game of cricket be possible in India as long as one is mot held in Pakistan.
 

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lol why suddenly? must be something else.
stupid and jerk Pakistani media not able to find the real story and just follow foreign media.
 

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2 COVID Cases among New Zealand team, made it to cancel the first match. Deep Pockets did the job though.
 
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Pak vs NZ: New Zealand team cancels Pakistan tour citing 'security alert'


PM Imran Khan speaks to New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.
  • "We have one of the best intelligence systems in the world, no security threat exists for the visiting team," PM Khan tells Jacinda Ardern.
  • Cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this "last-minute withdrawal", says PCB.






RAWALPINDI: The New Zealand cricket team has cancelled its tour of Pakistan Friday after informing the PCB of a "security alert".

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.




The PCB said that the security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan government throughout their stay here.

"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," stated the PCB.




PTI's Senator Faisal Javed Khan expressed disappointment over New Zealand cricket's decision, saying that it is "beyond understanding."



Arrangements being made for NZ team's departure
A statement by the New Zealand cricket board confirmed the development, saying that it had decided to cancel the tour "following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground."

Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure, said the press release.

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.

Interior minister to hold press conference

Interior minister will hold a press conference at 5:00pm to shed more light on the matter, said sources.

Sources further told Geo News that players of both teams were told to remain in their rooms and not venture out.

Sports journalist Alia Rasheed said Pakistanis in general and Islamabad, Rawalpindi fans in particular are extremely disappointed at the match getting cancelled.
 

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2 COVID Cases among New Zealand team, made it to cancel the first match. Deep Pockets did the job though.
some are saying it's because they received new threat alerts and security situations.
and England tour is now in doubt and England will use this as an excuse to cancel the tour.
 

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In my opinion our Govt must send the security team to New Zealand to investigate who and why they have raised this security alert. if this is carried out only then we will know whether the threat was real or someone has made this up to malign Pakistan.
 

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