Following the squad’s decision to leave Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White stated that the team could not have continued to play in Pakistan under the circumstances.
We recognize that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been through a tough time, and we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to CEO Wasim Khan and his colleagues for their professionalism and care, according to a statement released by White.
He went on to clarify that we had been informed that this was a specific and credible threat against the visitors to the country. As an additional point of clarification, we had multiple contacts with New Zealand government officials before making our decision, and we understand that it was only after telling the PCB of our position that a telephone conversation between the two Prime Ministers took place.
Unfortunately, given the advice we had received, there was no way we could continue to play in the nation, he said after the New Zealanders cancelled their tour of Pakistan minutes before the opening match, which took place on Friday in Rawalpindi.