ISLAMABAD: The New Zealand team, which called off its Pakistan tour unilaterally due to “security” issues, will depart today in a chartered plane.
According to sources and news agencies, A chartered plane has been arranged for the Kiwis which will take them to UAE and then to New Zealand. Per details, the Civil Aviation Authority has granted landing permission to the aircraft.
The New Zealand Cricket on Friday backed out of the much-awaited tour, citing a security alert from their government. The Pakistani authorities had assured the NZC of complete security but they insisted on abandoning the series.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a statement had said that the NZC informed that they had decided to postpone the series due to some security concern and it is their unilateral decision.
The PCB had said, “We have assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same. The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” .
The PCB had said the security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan government throughout their stay here.
In a statement announcing the decision, NZC Chief Executive David White had 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.” agencies reported.