Following New Zealand’s last-minute abandonment of the Pakistan tour, even Australia has begun going through their options regarding their tour next year. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) decided to call off the tour due to a security threat on Friday.
This has put doubts on the boards of other cricketing nations. Australia has planned a big Asian visit next year which includes playing two Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is each in Pakistan. Now that their Trans-Tasmanian counterparts hastily quit the Pakistan tour, Australia is also worried.
According to reports in the West Australian, a Cricket Australia (CA) spokesperson revealed that they will discuss the matter with the relevant authorities to find out the details regarding the abandonment. NZC has declined to comment on the security threat received publicly so the information will be relayed privately to CA.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has also opened up on the security issue. It has confirmed that the discussions are ongoing and a decision will be made regarding their men’s and women’s tour of Pakistan in the next 24 hours.
Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam expresses disappointment after New Zealand’s abandonment
Babar Azam supported his country’s security but also expressed disappointment following the cancellation of the New Zealand series. It would have been the Black Caps’ first visit in 18 years but has been cut short even before the first game.
“Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans. I’ve full trust in the capabilities and credibility of the security agencies. They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!” Babar wrote on his Twitter account.
Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, West Indies, and South Africa in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, NZC’s decision might set them back quite a bit.