Rawalpindi: The New Zealand cricket team has canceled its current tour of Pakistan, citing security threats, just before the start of the first ODI.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), however, said that there was no threat to the security of the New Zealand team.
The trouble started when the first ODI of the limited overs series did not start on time at the Rawalpindi Stadium on Friday and both the teams remained in their hotel rooms.
After this, New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White issued a statement saying that it is not possible to continue the tour given the advice he was getting.
“I think it will be a blow to the PCB which has been a wonderful host but the safety of the players is paramount and we believe this is a responsible option for this,” he said.
Heath Mills, chief executive of the New Zealand Cricketers’ Association, also agreed with White’s views. “The players are safe and each is acting in their best interests,” Mills said.
New Zealand Cricket did not elaborate on the security threats or comment on arrangements being made for the team’s return.