The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly turned down New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) offer to reschedule a series sometime in the near future. The Black Caps abandoned their tour of Pakistan last Friday after security concerns emerged.
Following the abandonment, the NZC chief executive was hopeful about getting a series against Pakistan once the ongoing issues settled down. However, reports confirm that the PCB has rejected the proposal, indicating the strained relationship between the two boards.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan also quashed the possibility of Pakistan not playing their scheduled match against New Zealand in the upcoming T20 World Cup as a mark of protest.
“I don’t think the answer to that is not taking part or playing against New Zealand in the World Cup. We have a duty to the fans, we have a duty still to get out there and play. Our duty is to go out and win that match.“
“This is an ICC World Cup and our job is to go out and do that and we’ll continue to have dialogue and discussion offline, myself and the chairman will do that with the competent authorities,” Wasim said.
We’re hopeful of working things out with the PCB in the next few days – NZC Chief Executive
After abandoning the tour of Pakistan following guidance from the Kiwi government, NZC Chief Executive David White expressed sympathy for the cricketing fans and hoped to come to an agreement regarding the series with the PCB. Unfortunately, the possibility of solving the issue doesn’t look bright at the moment.
“We’d like to think that over the next few days, weeks, and months that we’ll work through this to ensure that we play the content that we’ve missed out on we continue our close working relationship. As we know, they’re a very passionate cricketing nation and we understand their disappointment,” White said.
Following New Zealand’s abandonment, England Men’s and Women’s tour of Pakistan is also doubtful.