Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Last Updated: 17/09/21 10:40am

New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan has been abandoned because of a “government security alert”.

They were visiting Pakistan for the first time in 18 years to play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches in Rawalpindi and Lahore.

However, in a statement released on Friday, New Zealand Cricket said they would no longer be able to participate in the Tour based on the advice they were receiving.

The statement read: “The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

“The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20 series.

“However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.

“Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure.”

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said: “I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount, and we believe this is the only responsible option.”

England are due to play two T20s in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14.

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