RAWALPINDI – In a shock growth, the New Zealand cricket group Friday cancelled its tour of Pakistan.
The event came about a couple of minutes after it was reported that the primary ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand was cancelled on account of coronavirus.
An official model of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is launched on twitter. The cricket floor stays empty, with no floor assist workers or broadcast crew accessible current.
Earlier immediately, the New Zealand cricket board knowledgeable us that that they had been alerted to some safety alert and have unilaterally determined to postpone the collection.
PCB and Govt of Pakistan made idiot proof safety preparations for all visiting groups. 1/4
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 17, 2021
In a tweet, PCB wrote, “Earlier immediately, the New Zealand cricket board knowledgeable us that that they had been alerted to some safety alert and have unilaterally determined to postpone the collection. PCB and Govt of Pakistan made idiot proof safety preparations for all visiting groups.
“We’ve got assured the NZ cricket board of the identical. The Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and knowledgeable her that we’ve probably the greatest Intelligence programs on this planet and that no safety menace of any type exists for the visiting group.
“The safety officers with the NZ group have been happy with safety preparations made by the Govt of Pakistan all through their keep right here.
“PCB is keen to proceed the scheduled matches. Nevertheless, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the globe might be disillusioned by this final minute withdrawal.”
Earlier, sports activities journalist Alia Rasheed, citing sources, mentioned three Pakistani gamers have examined constructive for coronavirus on account of which the match has been cancelled.
Nevertheless, she mentioned till the PCB releases an official model, individuals shouldn’t leap to conclusions.
The vacationers visited Pakistani after the hole of 18 years. The 2 sides final confronted off in 2019 throughout the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup in Birmingham the place Babar Azam guided his facet to a six-wicket victory with a heroic century.
Pakistan, presently ranked sixth within the ICC ODI rankings, have an opportunity to climb one spot up, offered they beat the guests 3-Zero within the ODI collection. The 2 groups will retain their pre-series rankings in case Pakistan fail to realize the specified end result.
New Zealand, the top-ranked ODI group within the ICC Rankings and the 2019 World Cup finalists, will take to the stadium immediately with the arrogance of a 3-Zero sweep in opposition to Bangladesh in March. The Kiwis might be trying to proceed their successful streak.