Pakistan's captain Babar Azam (L) and his New Zealand counterpart Tom Latham pose for photographs with the series trophy during a ceremony at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sept.16. AFP
If it is to be argued that New Zealand has shared its security inputs about a possible attack with Pakistan, and that neither Pakistan nor New Zealand can disclose the sensitive information in public, then the whole affairs raise more questions and doubts. And it is difficult not to infer that the issue has less to do with security arrangements for the New Zealand cricket team in Pakistan, and more to do with politics. And the question is what is the political reason for New Zealand’s withdrawal of its cricket team? The terror attack in 2009 on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team cannot be cited as a precedent because that incident was not in the reckoning when New Zealand had decided to send its cricket team to Pakistan.
New Zealand will have to be more forthcoming about its security apprehensions if it is not to look foolish. It has to declare its security apprehensions in the larger context because the situation in Pakistan does not warrant the decision to call off the cricket tour. There is not even a smoking gun to claim some credibility for the apprehension of a terror attack on the New Zealand cricket team.
Left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi (3-28) had helped reduce the Black Caps to 46-4 and 83-5, when Kane Williamson was out for 41.
In a devastating blow to Pakistan cricket, New Zealand on Friday pulled out of their cricket series over ‘security concerns.’
It was a superb display by the underdog Black Caps, who came into the match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England and only qualified for the semi-finals on net run-rate, while India topped the 10-team group stage.
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