Cricket: New Zealand calls off Pakistan tour over “government security alert”

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    New Zealand Cricket’s tour of Pakistan has been called off following a “government security alert”.

    This has been confirmed by NZC ahead of what was supposed to be three ODIs and five T20Is.

    It says it will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad.

    However, it notes that the decision was made following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan and on advice from NZC security advisors on the ground.

    In response, the Pakistan Cricket Board says the decision was a unilateral one and assured that it made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams.

    In fact, it says it is willing to continue the scheduled matches and believes cricket lovers will be disappointed by the last minute withdrawal.

    Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam tweeted, “Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans. I’ve full trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies. They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!”