Printed on Fri May 27 2022 12:03:08 PM

'There was no way to stay in Pakistan'

Sports Desk
The visit to Pakistan has been canceled due to specific and credible threats, said David White. The chief executive of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) added that they had no choice but to make such a decision.

White did not elaborate on what kind of security threat the visiting New Zealand had.

"All I can say is that we were told that there was a definite and credible threat to (our) team," he told the NZC's official website on Sunday.

"We have talked to New Zealand government officials several times before making a decision. And after informing the PCB of our position, we came to know that there was a telephone conversation between the Prime Ministers of the two countries concerned.

The Kiwis left Pakistan for Dubai on a special chartered flight this morning after canceling the entire tour last Friday. A convoy of 34 people, including players and officials, will be on 24-hour quarantine at the hotel. After that, some cricketers will stay in the UAE ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. The rest of the members will return to their respective homes step by step from next week.

The visit was canceled on the advice of the board's security advisers following a warning message from the New Zealand government. According to White, they had no choice but to say, "Unfortunately, the warning message we received was that we had no way to stay in that country (Pakistan)."

After a long 18 years, New Zealand visited Pakistan. They were scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20s there. The first ODI between the two teams was scheduled to be held in Rawalpindi last Friday. But the situation has been changing since morning. White recounted that experience, 'On Friday (suddenly) everything changed. The advice given to us (by the relevant authorities) has changed, the level of threat has changed (increased) and as a result, we have taken the only responsible step that was possible for us.'

White thanked the PCB for arranging for the Blackcaps to leave Pakistan safely.

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