RAWALPINDI – In a shock improvement, the New Zealand cricket crew 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 attributable to coronavirus.
An official model of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is launched on twitter. The cricket floor stays empty, with no floor help workers or broadcast crew accessible current.
Earlier at present, the New Zealand cricket board knowledgeable us that they’d 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 at present, the New Zealand cricket board knowledgeable us that they’d 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 have now 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 now have probably the greatest Intelligence programs on the earth and that no safety menace of any variety exists for the visiting crew.
“The safety officers with the NZ crew have been glad with safety preparations made by the Govt of Pakistan all through their keep right here.
“PCB is keen to proceed the scheduled matches. Nonetheless, cricket lovers in Pakistan and world wide might be disenchanted by this final minute withdrawal.”
Earlier, sports activities journalist Alia Rasheed, citing sources, mentioned three Pakistani gamers have examined optimistic for coronavirus attributable to which the match has been cancelled.
Nonetheless, she mentioned till the PCB releases an official model, folks mustn’t bounce to conclusions.
The vacationers visited Pakistani after the hole of 18 years. The 2 sides final confronted off in 2019 through 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, at the moment 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 attain the specified outcome.
New Zealand, the top-ranked ODI crew within the ICC Rankings and the 2019 World Cup finalists, will take to the stadium at present with the boldness of a 3-Zero sweep towards Bangladesh in March. The Kiwis might be trying to proceed their successful streak.