Following a ‘threatening email,’ security around New Zealand women’s cricketers in the United Kingdom has been ramped up

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) increased security surrounding the women’s national team’s visit to the United Kingdom on Tuesday as a precaution after English officials received a threatening email.

The latest threat was judged “not credible” by NZC, which hastily cancelled the Black Caps’ visit of Pakistan last week due to security concerns for the men’s squad.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) communication, however, prompted additional security around the White Ferns women’s team, which is scheduled to play England in Leicester on Tuesday.

“The ECB has received a threatening email regarding New Zealand currency. Despite the fact that this did not particularly mention the White Ferns, it was taken seriously, examined, and found to be untrue,” the governing board stated in a statement.

“The White Ferns have arrived in Leicester, and security has been beefed up around them as a precaution.”

The threat came after England’s men’s and women’s cricket teams withdrew from a white-ball series in Pakistan next month, citing “growing worries about travelling to the region.”

That decision came after the Black Caps abruptly cancelled their Pakistan trip on Friday, just hours before the first one-day international was set to begin at Rawalpindi Stadium.

NZC has refused to go into detail about what caused the move, other than to state it was informed of a “particular and credible danger.”

The threat came after England’s men’s and women’s cricket teams withdrew from a white-ball series in Pakistan next month, citing “growing worries about travelling to the region.”

That decision came after the Black Caps abruptly cancelled their Pakistan trip on Friday, just hours before the first one-day international was set to begin at Rawalpindi Stadium.

NZC has refused to go into detail about what caused the move, other than to state it was informed of a “particular and credible danger.”

There will also be queries concerning the West Indies’ upcoming tours to Pakistan in December and Australia in February of next year.

The New Zealand men’s team arrived in Dubai on a charter flight from Pakistan on Sunday, with players who will not be competing in the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE next month returning to New Zealand as soon as flights and quarantine facilities are available.

Zainab Murtaza

Add comment