PAK vs NZ: Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has tweeted that the New Zealand board has killed Pakistan cricket. Can Pak blame the Kiwis for stopping the series? Experts are questioning that.
Pakistan Cricket: Prime Minister Imran Khan leaves for Tajikistan to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. It was at this point that the New Zealand cricket team decided to withdraw from the bilateral series with Pakistan. Minutes before the toss, the series was called off, citing the threat to the New Zealand team. Preparing to return home. Soon after the decision was made, Pakistan World Cup winner Captain Imran Khan spoke to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Tried to reassure her. The safety of the players is guaranteed. But, the Kiwis government did not agree. Pakistan Army defends New Zealand cricket team It has also deployed the best SSG commandos in the Pakistan Army. Police personnel, including 4,000 Pakistani soldiers, are set to oversee security. However, New Zealand did not agree to such proposals.
Pakistan Cricket: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that the cancellation of the New Zealand series before the toss has caused serious damage to Pakistan cricket. "The New Zealand board has cut off Pakistan cricket," the Rawalpindi Express tweeted. But can the New Zealand board be blamed for canceling the series? Experts are questioning that.
Attack on Sri Lankan players in the heart of Lahore.
Photos of the Pakistan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter landing in the middle of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in March 2009 are still vividly remembered by cricketing nations. Terrorists target Sri Lankan cricket team Five players were injured, including captain Mahela Jayawardane and vice-captain Kumara Sangakkara. Six policemen and two civilians were killed in a terrorist attack in the heart of Lahore. Global terrorist, Hafeez Mohammad Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, is known to have led the Eid prayers at Gaddafi Stadium.
In 2009, an attack was carried out in Lahore targeting Sri Lankan players. The tour of South Africa vs Pakistan was canceled in October-November 2010 due to security concerns. In December 2012, Bangladesh withdrew for similar reasons. In 2016, the PCB decided to play the West Indies team in Pakistan. The series ended with 2 Test matches and 5 ODIs. However, the series was canceled due to security concerns. Australia rejects PCB request to play 2 ODIs in Pakistan in 2019.