New Zealand vs Pakistan 2021: Shoaib Akhtar is furious over New Zealand for abandoning Pakistan tour

New Zealand vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar furious over New Zealand Cricket for abandoning Pakistan tour

New Zealand vs Pakistan 2021: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar aggressively criticized New Zealand Cricket for abandoning their tour of Pakistan just moments before the commencement of the first ODI. Shoaib Akhtar said that the New Zealand team just killed the Pakistan Cricket.

Taking to Twitter Shoaib Akhtar wrote, “NZ just killed Pakistan Cricket”. He went on to add, “Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand. Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of COVID-19 circumstances “regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour”.

“This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart & assured but it was still refused. Pakistan has safely hosted Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL”.

Earlier on Friday, Imran Khan spoke to New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern before the Black Caps announced that they are abandoning their tour of Pakistan. By talking to Jacinda PM Imran Khan assured her that Pakistan has one of the best intelligence systems in the world & there is no security threat of any kind for the touring team but New Zealand Prime Minister & NZC still decided to abandon their Pakistan tour & return back home.

“The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here,” a PCB statement read.

“PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last-minute withdrawal”, PCB added in its statement.

New Zealand was scheduled to play three ODIs in Rawalpindi starting from today before the series shifted to Lahore for a five-match T20I series. But now the entire tour has been postponed following New Zealand’s expression of concern over security. New Zealand said that it will not comment on the details of the security threat as well as the arrangements of the departing squad.

New Zealand’s last-minute decision to pull out of the limited-overs series may also have an impact on England’s T20I series against the Black Caps that is scheduled to begin next month. England is scheduled to tour Pakistan for the first time in 16 years for a short T20I series.

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