New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White said ‘there was no way the New Zealand team could have stayed in Pakistan following the advice they had received’.
A statement issued by White cited “We appreciate this has been a terribly difficult time for the Pakistan Cricket Board and we wish to pass on our sincere thanks to CEO Wasim Khan and his team for their professionalism and care”.
He went on to say that we were told that this was a specific and credible threat against the visitors. Adding that we had several conversations with New Zealand government officials before making the decision and it was after informing the PCB of our position that we understand a telephone discussion was conducted between the respective Prime Ministers.
Unfortunately, given the advice we had received, there was no way we could stay in the country, he opined after Kiwis called off the tour of Pakistan minutes before the first match on Friday in Rawalpindi.