Just an hour before the first one-day match between Pakistan and New Zealand On Friday in Rawalpindi, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) decided to cancel the tour after receiving a safety warning from their government.
NZC said the safety of the players was extremely important, but some the former and current Pakistani cricketer believes that this decision could affect the visit of international teams to their nation in the future.
In response to the same, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is currently in the UAE for the remaining season of IPL 2021, hopes that the cancellation of the Pakistan tour by the Blackcaps will not have a lasting impact on the host.
“They were clearly there, ready to go to the ground. It’s a sudden thing that happened. I definitely hope there is no lasting impact on this as it is a special place for cricket and a lot of progress has been made to see cricket back in Pakistan and play it safe there. We have seen it happen several times, so hopefully there is still a lot of cricket to come, ” Williamson told the Sportsstar.
Williamson further explained that the decision to withdraw was not just by players alone and was taken after consulting with the government.
‘You want to play the game in all countries. It is an international game and there is so much passion for it around the world, especially in Pakistan. It was really exciting to see the series back there, and I know our team is looking forward to it. “Players ‘safety is extremely important and if you hear messages from the government, it is definitely above the players’ heads.” Williamson added.
‘I do not know the details [of pullout]. It was a sudden call, but clearly a disgrace. Cricket in Pakistan is a wonderful thing and is so well supported. There’s so much passion there, and I think the guys will get tired of not starting to play the whole series. But I’m not sure about the details since I’m in Dubai for the IPL. I will find out more about this in the next few days. ”