An extended 33-man cricket team from New Zealand departed on a chartered flight to Dubai.© Instagram
An extended 33-member The New Zealand cricket team leaves for Dubai on a chartered flight from Islamabad on Saturday night, a day after abandoning his entire tour of the country due to security fears. The players and officials from New Zealand had to undergo rapid COVID-19 tests at the airport, and after all the reports were negative, they were allowed to board the flight amid strict security protocols. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) canceled the series Pakistan suddenly Friday just before the first One Day International at Rawalpindi Stadium, citing a serious threat.
Neither the management of New Zealand nor their government shared the nature of the threat with the Pakistani government, security officials or the Pakistan Cricket Board.
A clearly upset Home Secretary, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, said on Saturday there was no threat to the New Zealand team and they only made an excuse to go home because they did not want to play the series.
New Zealand arrived in Pakistan on September 11 for a white ball series after 18 years and would play three one-dayers and five T20s.
They also held a few training sessions at Pindi Stadium under strict security, but on the day of the match, hell broke loose when the two teams did not leave the hotel, before it became apparent that the visitors posed a threat to their government had advised them to abandon the tour.
The move through New Zealand could also have a detrimental effect on the chances of England and Australian teams touring Pakistan later this year.
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