Pakistan’s upcoming series against England has also come under threat after New Zealand abandoned the Pakistan tour just 5 minutes before the start of the first match of the 3-match ODI series at Rawalpindi stadium.
In an unfortunate move, the New Zealand cricket team abandoned their first-ever tour of Pakistan in 18 years moments over security concerns.
Hours after New Zealand’s decision to cancel Pakistan tour, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that they will be updated about England’s next month’s tour of Pakitan within 48 hours.
An ECB spokesperson said England is aware of New Zealand’s decision to withdraw from Pakistan tour due to security reasons. The ECB is in touch with its security team in Pakistan and will decide in the next 24-48 hours whether the planned tour should go ahead or not.
England is scheduled to play 2 T20Is matches on October 13 and 14 against Pakistan in Pakistan. Notably, the T20I series and IPL playoffs were scheduled to play at the same time.
As per the schedule, the England cricket team will be reached Pakistan on October 9 while the IPL playoff matches will be started from October 10.
The England tour of Pakistan is very important from England, the ECB had said. The ECB did not want any player to miss the series even he has to withdraw from the IPL playoffs for this.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said it was not possible to continue the tour. It will be a setback for the Pakistan Cricket Board because they have been a wonderful host but the safety of the players is above all, he said.
Heath Mills, the chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, also supported the decision taken by the New Zealand Cricket (NZC). New Zealand Cricket also said that they cannot elaborate more on the team’s return due to security reasons.