Pakistan rule out New Zealand World Cup boycott despite abandoned tour

Pakistan rule out New Zealand World Cup boycott despite abandoned tour

After Black Caps abruptly stopped their tour on security fears, Pakistan will not boycott the Twenty20 World Cup match next month against the country, stated the cricket body on Sunday.

This cancellation is a huge loss for Pakistan, which has tried to restore foreign tourism after domestic internationals have been halted following a Sri Lankan terror strike in 2009.

The security danger led New Zeland to abandon its trip on Friday was not provided in any detail as Rawalpindi’s first one-day international event was due to begin.

The decision was raging against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and called for the New Zealand team to boycott.

But CEO Wasim Khan of PCB maintained that there is no card action of any kind.

Khan stated at a Zoom press conference on Sunday, “There is now no problem of us not playing a NZ.”

“We have a duty to the fans and that is what we must accomplish.”

He also denied the use of black bracelets to protest.

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“I just think in terms of perspective, we need to be extremely careful,” he remarked.

“We do not wish to go that way with any kind of political gestures, postures and public protests.”

The Twenty20 World Cup will be held in Sharjah on 26 October, Pakistan and New Zealand.

The loss of PCB’s partnership with New Zealand Cricket “cause of the disrespect of its method.” Khan stated the abandonment produced “political problems.”

The three-ODI and five-T20 series were the first matches in Pakistan for Black Caps for 18 years, and Khan argued that the pull-out revealed the disparities in global cricket.

‘We did everything for other countries, sacrificed quarantine for 14 days in New Zealand and travelled to New Zealand following a mosque attack,’ Khan added about Christchurch’s March 2019 assault.

“It is easy to go without a cause, without dialogue and that has to cease from countries such as Pakistan,” added Khan.

Khan claimed that tentatives were also made to persuade Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to go to a substitute series because to logistical obstacles.

Both England and Australia will be playing in Pakistan later this year.

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