Global cricket community backs Pakistan over cancellation of New Zealand tour
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National and international cricketers Friday termed the cancellation of the Pakistan versus New Zealand series just a killing of the cricket on the globe.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the series was called off by the Black Caps only minutes before the first match was due to start in Pakistan.
Different cricket legends and start cricketers reacted over the matter on the twitter and criticized the Kiwis for canceling their tour to Pakistan despite assurance of tight security during the tour.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja declared the day of cancellation of cricket match from New Zealand a “Crazy Day” and felt sorry for the fans and players of Pakistan.
Ramiz said walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. He said that the NZ would not hear Pakistan in ICC on the issue.
Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC.— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 17, 2021
He criticised the NZ saying on a HOAX threat they had called-off the tour despite all assurances.
On a HOAX threat you have called-off the tour despite all assurances!! @BLACKCAPS do you understand the IMPACT of your decision?— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 17, 2021
Former cricketer gave a strongest reaction on the matter in his several trending tweets in which he said NZ had just killed Pakistan cricket today after cancelling the tour.
NZ just killed Pakistan cricket 😡😡— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021
In another tweet he encouraged the Pakistanis and fans of the cricket here that Pakistan would rise from this situation soon because that was not the first time when Pakistan was pushed against the wall
Shoaib also called the NZ decision an unnecessary and said in a tweet that this was just an unverified threat and it could have been discussed.
° This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021
° Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused.
° Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL.
Shoaib in another tweet recalled New Zealand to remember that 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack but Pakistan remained to stand with New Zealand. He mentioned that Pakistan toured NZ in the worst of corona epidemic there.
Following points for New Zealand to remember:— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021
° 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack.
° Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand.
° Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour.
Cricketer Daren Sammy said in a tweet that he had disappointed on the cancellation of series because of security issues.
He said over the last 6 years playing and visiting Pakistan has been one of the most enjoyable experiences and always felt safe there.
Disappointed waking up to the news of the cancellation of the Pakistan Vs New Zealand series because of security issues.Over the last 6 years playing and visiting Pakistan has been one of the most enjoyable experiences. I’ve always felt safe. this is a massive blow to Pakistan ☹️— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) September 17, 2021
Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez said Pakistan was a safe and proud nation. He said postponing the series was absolutely a sad news for whole the nation.
Pakistan 🇵🇰 is Safe & Proud nation. Postponing series is absolutely Sad news for whole Nation.— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 17, 2021
Cricketer Babar Azam said he had become extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pakistan cricket Fans. He said he felt trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies.
Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pakistan Cricket Fans. I've full trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies. They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 17, 2021
Cricketer Hassan Ali said it was making him more sad and thinking about how upset our fans after receiving this news. To the world, he said that he wanted to repeat Pakistan was a safe country for cricket.
It is making me more sad thinking about how upset our fans must be after receiving this news. To the world, I want to repeat our country is safe for cricket.— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 17, 2021
To our fans, We the Pakistan team promise we will turn these sad feelings into happy ones In Shaa Allah 💪🏻
Cricketer Wahab Riaz said it was so sad to see the tour ended without starting.
Dejected and disappointment are my emotions right now. For many years we’ve shown that Pakistan is safe for cricket. So sad to see the tour end without starting 💔 #PAKvNZ— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 17, 2021
Cricketer Kamran Akmal said Pakistan was a safe country for any sports, and cancelling NZ tour was a heartbreaking and disappointing act.
Pakistan is a safe country for any sports…heartbroken Disappointed 😔 Sad day for Pakistan & Pakistan cricket #NZvPAK Not a good thing cancelling series at the last moment— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) September 17, 2021
Cricketer Grant Elliott in his two different tweets said it was a sad news for the players and fans of cricket. He said he could hear every cricket fans heart breaking right now.
The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 17, 2021
Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure.
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Cricketer Sherfane Rutherford said he was feelings for his Pakistani friends. He said Pakistan was the safest country for cricket as a cricket loving country.
Heartbreaking that the NZ cricket board & govt have cancelled this imp tour despite knowing that all their security concerns were cleared n a call was made by our PM to ensure the security. All the efforts 🇵🇰 made are ignored. Was that really a threat or something else??? #PAKvNZ— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) September 17, 2021
Super sad!! Don’t know enough what’s going on??!… But truly love travelling around #Pakistan & cricket times of late in Pakistan 🙏 Feel for all there 😢🙏❤️ @TheRealPCB @iramizraja https://t.co/RW5mGKjSxF— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) September 17, 2021