New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White said on Monday that he was happy to talk about rescheduling the Pakistan series that the Black Caps cancelled last week, but that such dialogue was premature because their calendar was already “quite tight.”
On September 17, the Black Caps shocked Pakistan’s cricket community by cancelling their tour of the country minutes before the first ODI. They had given the cause as a’security danger,’ but had not given any other details.
“We’ve got a very close working relationship with Pakistan Cricket,” White said in a new report, “and we’d like to think that over the next few days, weeks, and months, we’ll work through this to ensure that we play the content that we’ve missed out on and that we continue our close working relationship.”
“They’re a highly passionate cricketing nation, as we all know, and they’re definitely disappointed. He went on to say, “We understand their disappointment.”
According to the source, the NZC president was hopeful that the matches will be rescheduled, but was unsure when because the Future Tours Program was already “pretty tight.”
White stated that the subject of compensating the PCB for lost revenue would be handled later. When it came time for Pakistan to tour New Zealand, he hoped that the decision to cancel the tour would not be held against NZC.
He also stated that it was too early to speculate on the possibility of the Black Caps visiting Pakistan again in the near future.
“I believe it’s essential to emphasise that on every trip we go on, whether it’s to Pakistan, England, or somewhere else, we go through a very extensive security and other process.” This was no different. In this case, it was very likely more.
“I’m afraid I can’t answer that question right now since it’s too early.” “However, we’ll evaluate each tour on its own merits,” he stated.
NZC cancels tour
The New Zealand squad abruptly postponed the series with Pakistan on Friday, just minutes before the opening match was about to begin at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, shocking fans and officials.
Pakistan had “foolproof security procedures for all visiting teams,” according to the PCB, and had “assured NZC of the same.”
The PCB stated that the New Zealand squad was happy with the security procedures during their stay, and that cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world were “disappointed” by the last-minute cancellation.
On September 11, the New Zealand cricket team arrived in Pakistan for the first time in 18 years to play three One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals.
The Rawalpindi Stadium was planned to hold the ODI series against New Zealand on September 17, 19, and 21, while the Gaddafi Stadium was supposed to host five T20s from September 25 to October 3.
White said in a statement on Sunday that he had “no choice” but to cancel his tour of Pakistan after the New Zealand authorities informed him of a “particular, genuine threat.”