New Zealand have abandoned their tour of Pakistan because of a “government security alert”. The Blackcaps were supposed to play Pakistan in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi on Friday evening before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20I series in Lahore.

However, in its statement, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed that they would “no longer participate in the tour” based on the advice they have been receiving from their government.

The statement read: “The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their Tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

“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’s decision to pull out of the tour has come when international cricket is gradually returning to Pakistan after being away for a decade because of the infamous attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore during the 2009 tour.

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TAGS: New Zealand, New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2021, Pakistan, PAKvNZ

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