NZ cricketers' pullout: Senior journalists smell a rat 

By: News Desk      Published: 03:21 AM, 18 Sep, 2021
NZ cricketers' pullout: Senior journalists smell a rat 

Senior journalists and analysts have raised concerns over New Zealand's announcement to pull out its cricketers moments before a match. 

It has invited ire among Pakistani cricket fans as there is an emotional attachment to this game, Salim Bokhari, PJ Mir, Iftikhar Ahmed and Javed Iqbal remarked during the 24NewsHD programme, DNA.

According to them, the arrival of the New Zealand cricket team in Pakistan after 18 years and abandoning the tour is part of a deep conspiracy against the game.

Salim Bokhari said the conspiracy is connected with the mutual rivalry of the world powers as Prime Minister Imran Khan's telephone call to his counterpart too failed to bear fruit.

China's growing influence and Pakistan's relations with China have made them uneasy, he added. Iftikhar Ahmed said that Kashmir Premier League was held peacefully being close to the Line of Control.

He insisted Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid must have to go out of his way to tell the facts like Imran Khan who chided American policies during an interview.

PJ Mir said this is a very bad day for cricket in Pakistan. He said there is no security problem as the lawmen are fully vigilant.

Javed Iqbal also expressed concern over the behaviour of the New Zealand Cricket Board and said that the board officials were satisfied before sending the team 

Bangladesh did cancel its team's tour of New Zeeland after the massacre in a New Zeeland mosque.

Regarding Jahangir Tareen group's contacts with PML-N, Iftikhar Ahmed said angry PTI members were now looking at other political parties, it seems that a new political chessboard is being prepared before the next elections. 

Javed Iqbal revealed that from eight to ten members of the Jahangir Tareen group contacted PML-N Nawaz Sharif in London and Rana Sanaullah confirmed it.

Salim Bokhari said Jahangir is unhappy with PTI chairman Imran Khan's response and he will have a significant role if 'wind of change blows from Punjab to the centre, as per Bilawal Bhutto's plan. No trust motion against Chief Minister Jam Kamal also came under discussion.