The New Zealand cricket team has announced abandoning its tour of Pakistan, citing security concerns, following which the series between the two teams has been postponed. The start of the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand was delayed due to reports that the players may have been instructed to stay at the hotel due to Corona.
Then the news of match cancellation due to security concerns came, but now it has been confirmed that the New Zealand team has ended the tour of Pakistan and the reason given is security concerns. The New Zealand cricket team will leave Islamabad on Saturday evening.
Earlier today, the New Zealand cricket board informed us that they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series.
PCB and Govt of Pakistan made fool proof security arrangements for all visiting teams. 1/4
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 17, 2021
Pakistani Celebrities have shared displeasure on the news of the New Zealand team abandoning its Pakistan tour. Let’s have a look at celebrities’ tweets below.
Strange & disturbing move by New Zealand. The entire world is aware law & order in Pakistan is under complete control; our security & intelligence agencies are outstanding at their job. Last minute cancellation without any proof makes NO sense! Disappointing for millions of fans!
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) September 17, 2021
Its sad but its ok. We’re a nation used to bouncing back. Pakistan is safe & always will be. We’ll still open heartedly welcome New Zealand or any other nation that thinks otherwise bcz thats who we are.
p.s. beware of a cornered Pakistan, world. See u at t20 world cup! #PAKvNZ
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) September 17, 2021
Cricket to ho gi. #NewZeland https://t.co/FQrnzqMrkE
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) September 17, 2021
Following points for New Zealand to remember:
° 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack.
° Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand.
° Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021
Very disappointed to hear about #NZ backing out of the game at the last minute. This is just sad and shocking after all the work that had been put in by the organisers as well as the team. Millions of cricket fans have been let down today. #PAKvNZ
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) September 17, 2021
If real life was like a film,
So after todays incident #PAKvNZ series abondoned, pak team qasam leta aur kehta they will win the world T20 happening next month ! Aur jeet bhi jaata kitna (inspiring) hota na #PakistanZindabad but we never knw kya pata ? Wishful thinking …
— Nabeel Qureshi (@nabeelqureshi) September 17, 2021
As a Pakistani citizen I want to know the credible threat that @BLACKCAPS found. It is only fair to share that intelligence with the @GovtofPakistan so that if there is a real threat it can be neutralized immediately & lives are protected. #PAKvNZ
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) September 17, 2021
Dear Kiwis, Itni Overacting…
— Rabia Anum Obaid (@RabiaAnumm) September 17, 2021