New Zealand Cricket authorities have insisted that they will not share the details regarding the ‘security threat’ they received that forced them to abandon the Black Caps tour of Pakistan.
David White, who is the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, said that the general aspects were immediately shared with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but the details were not shared, and will not be shared.
It is said that NZC received ‘unappropriate’ threats from an ‘unknown’ source as they believed the perceptions leading to last-minute withdrawal from the tour. The consequences have damaged Pakistan’s image across the globe breaking millions of fans hearts and shattering a pile of hopes.
“What I can say is that we were advised this was a specific and credible threat against the team,”
“Everything changed on Friday,” he said. “The advice changed, the threat level changed and, as a consequence, we took the only responsible course of action possible,”
From Pakistan’s end, it is said that the ground members of the visitors were totally satisfied moments before the first ODI was to kick-start. But, everything changed after the Prime Minister of New Zealand called to call off the tour.
“This advice was supported by NZC’s security consultants – who were on the ground in Pakistan, and by other independent sources,” he added.
“We had several conversations with New Zealand government officials before making the decision and it was after informing the PCB of our position that we understand a telephone discussion was conducted between the respective Prime Ministers.
“Unfortunately, given the advice we’d received, there was no way we could stay in the country,” the statement read.
The visitors left Pakistan on Saturday and are currently in Dubai for their mandatory isolation period.
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