There were only a few minutes left before the match started. At that time New Zealand sat bent. Just before the first ODI of the series in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, New Zealand announced that they would return home from Pakistan without playing a single match in the tour.
New Zealand Cricket has said it has received warnings from the government about increasing security threats in Pakistan. Even the board's security advisers have advised not to continue the tour. So the decision to return to the country.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is disappointed with the decision of the Kiwis. They claim that there is no question about the security provided to the visiting team in Pakistan.
Even the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan himself spoke privately with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern to reassure the visitors. But it didn't work.
New Zealand has 'killed' Pakistan cricket, says Shoaib
The first Pakistan-New Zealand ODI was scheduled to be played in Rawalpindi at 3.30 pm today. However, due to security concerns, New Zealand canceled the series just before the start of the match. Shoaib Akhtar is angry with the decision of the Kiwis.
After a long 17 years, Pakistan has visited New Zealand. The Kiwis last played a series in Pakistan in 2003. They were scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20I matches in this tour. But the whole tour was ruined 10 minutes before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi today.
Shoaib is upset that his hometown is witnessing such an embarrassing situation. "Tragic scene and bad news in Rawalpindi," he wrote on Twitter. New Zealand killed Pakistan cricket. '
Shoaib thinks New Zealand should have discussed before canceling the tour. The former fast bowler further reminded that several teams have visited Pakistan safely before, ‘This is an unwanted threat. Everything could be discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan has personally spoken to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Assured of security. Yet they have refused. Earlier, South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe played safely here.
In the decision to cancel the tour of New Zealand, Shoaib has also brought up the issue of Christchurch. Gatiraj also recalled Pakistan's visit to New Zealand last year, saying, "In 2016, nine Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan was on the side of New Zealand at that time. Apart from that, Pakistan toured New Zealand in 2020 to play a three-match T20 series in the Corona epidemic.
Mohammad Hafeez also tweeted after the decision to cancel the Kiwi tour. The most experienced cricketer of the Pakistan team wrote, ‘Pakistan is a safe and proud country. The decision to cancel the series is really sad for the whole nation.