The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tried to organize a couple of series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at home but couldn’t make an arrangement. Both Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had previously scheduled plans which were hard to alter.
New Zealand abandoned its tour of Pakistan in its entirety after security threats in the Asian country. They were scheduled to play a white-ball series but not a single game was played citing security concerns. Speaking about organizing tours with SLC and BCB, PCB CEO Wasim Khan said:
“Our Chairman spoke to them and explored the possibility of short tours and they were very receptive but they pointed out it was very difficult for them to change their already confirmed plans and also some of their players were dispersed.”
“They showed a strong willingness but because of the short time frame it was not possible for them to put in place a tour as they had prior plans for the World Cup.“
PCB to discuss with ICC about New Zealand’s abandonment
The PCB is set to take matters to the ICC where they will clear up the protocols in place for events like the Kiwi abandonment on Friday. Wasim Khan also stated that he was miffed with the way the Black Caps declined to share intelligence information regarding the threat.
“We have a real problem in world cricket if perceived threats can’t be discussed at the Government to Government or Intelligence level and teams can abandon a tour unilaterally. Since it is a bilateral series there is little hope of getting any compensation from NZ cricket unless we go to a dispute resolution committee.“
“What we can do is ensure at the ICC board level that such things don’t happen again. We are going to have full dialogue and discussion with them about the processes in place for such situations,” Wasim added.
Following New Zealand’s abandonment, England Men’s and Women’s tour of Pakistan is also on the verge of being cancelled.