Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has said that there is no security issue in Pakistan and all security agencies are on high alert.
In response to New Zealand Cricket’s abrupt decision of abandoning Pakistan tour following “a New Zealand government security alert”, Sheikh Rasheed said that he will hold a press conference regarding the situation.
Pakistan and New Zealand were to play the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi today, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series.
“However, 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,” the statement reads.
“Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure,” it added.
NZC chief executive David White said it was simply not possible to continue with the tour given the advice he was receiving.
“I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.”
New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills echoed Mr White’s sentiments.
“We’ve been across this process throughout and are fully supportive of the decision,” he said.
“The players are in good hands; they’re safe – and everyone’s acting in their best interests.”
NZC did not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad.