Black Caps abandon tour: UK was not involved, Christian Turner clarifies
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner has rejected speculation that the British high commission is involved in calling off the New Zealand tour.
He took to Twitter and clarified, “Speculation that British High Commission was involved in Pak vs NZ tour being called off is untrue. This was a decision for the New Zealand authorities & taken independently.”
The high commissioner added, “I recognise that this is a sad day for cricket fans in Pakistan & around the world Europe-Africa who were looking forward to the series.”
Speculation that British High Commission was involved in PakvsNZ tour being called off are untrue; this was a decision for the New Zealand authorities & taken independently. I recognise that this is a sad day for cricket fans in 🇵🇰 & around 🌍 who were looking fwd to the series
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) September 17, 2021
Pak v NZ: India behind the cancellation of NZ tour to Pak
Pak v NZ: A few days back, an article was published on ‘Sunday Guardian Live’ which described in detail that New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan will be faced with security concerns.
The news outlet is based out of New Delhi, India, and the article titled ‘New Zealand cricket team may face terror attack in Pakistan’ is authored by Abhinandan Mishra.
The article mentioned that former Taliban commander, Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the Islamic State (IS) set-up in Pakistan is preparing for an attack on New Zealand players when they tour Pakistan.
On this, India reached International Cricket Council (ICC) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to stop Kiwi’s from touring Pakistan but ICC ignored them and didn’t respond.
However, NZC officials expressed their satisfaction over the security arrangements of Pakistan and decided to send their team to tour Pakistan and play three ODI and five T20 matches in Rawalpindi and Lahore.
Pakistani fans are also blaming India and its dirty politics as the reason behind New Zealand’s cancellation of the tour.
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