New Zealand abandon Pakistan tour amid security concerns

New Zealand have abandoned tour of Pakistan amid security concerns, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.

The first One-day International (ODI) between the two sides was set to be played in Rawalpindi today.

“Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” a press release from the PCB stated.  

“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,” the statement added.

It must be noted 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,” the statement concluded.