Pakistan cricket team captain, Babar Azam said, he is very disappointed with sudden postponement of the Pakistan-New Zealand series. New Zealand was set to play a three match ODI series and five-match T20I series, starting from September 17th.
Babar tweeted that; this series could have brought back smiles on millions of cricket fans in Pakistan. He further said, he has full trust in the capabilities and credibility of security agencies in Pakistan. “They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!”, tweeted Babar.
Earlier today, New Zealand abandoned the whole tour, following security alert from New Zealand government. This announcement came minutes before the start of first match at Rawalpindi stadium.
Originally, the ODI series was part of ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, but due to the non-availability of ‘Decision Review System (DRS)’, Pakistan Cricket Board decided to convert into a bilateral series. While, the five-match T20 series was to prepare for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. New Zealand is also scheduled to play two test matches in 2022-23, and PCB said that NZC agreed to play three ODIs on that tour. Which will count towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification.
New Zealand team was without their regular captain Kane Williamson in Pakistan. Ross taylor, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Lockie Fergusonn also didn’t go to there, as their priority was to play in IPL 2021, starting from September 19th.
New Zealand hasn’t played any bilateral series in Pakistan, since their first and only tour in 2003. In between, Pakistan has hosted New Zealand three times in the United Arab Emirates.
Ever since the terror attack on Sri Lanka cricket team happened in 2009, all cricket playing nations have been hesitant to play in Pakistan. Sri Lankan batsman, Thilan Samaraweera was shot in that attack. Interestingly, he is also the batting coach of New Zealand team and is currently with the team.