New Zealand abandon Pakistan tour after ‘security threat’

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A policeman stands guard on the empty stands of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi (AFP)
A policeman stands guard on the empty stands of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi (AFP)

New Zealand have abandoned their tour of Pakistan on the day of the opening fixture following a New Zealand government security alert.

The Black Caps were due to play Pakistan later on Friday in the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi before moving to Lahore for a five-match Twenty20 series.

But in a statement New Zealand Cricket said the team would not continue with the tour “following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground”.

New Zealand have abandoned their tour of Pakistan on the day of the opening fixture following a New Zealand government security alert.

The news comes ahead of England’s two scheduled T20 matches against Pakistan in Rawalpindi next month.

The games are slated to be played on 13 and 14 October ahead of the Men’s T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Amarat.

A statement released by the England and Wales Cricket board on Friday read: “We’re aware of New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour due to a security alert. We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation.

“The ECB Board will then decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should proceed.”

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