“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.”
NZC refused to comment on the security threat’s specifics or the altered plans for the outgoing squad.
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.”
“We’ve been across this process throughout and are fully supportive of the decision. The players are in good hands; they’re safe — and everyone’s acting in their best interests,” he said.
England are due to play two T20s in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14.