WELLINGTON: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday that she totally supported New Zealand Cricket’s decision to pull out of its Pakistan tour as the safety of the players was paramount.
“When I spoke to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I thanked him for taking care of the New Zealand cricket team,” Ardern said in a statement sent to Reuters.
“I know how frustrating it will be for everyone not to move forward, but we fully support what has been decided. The safety of the players must be paramount.”
Earlier today, the New Zealand Cricket Board informed Pakistan Cricket Board and government that they have been “alerted to some security alert” and have thus decided to postpone the series scheduled to be played in Pakistan without consultation.
NZC chief David White said it was impossible to go on with the matches given the security reservations.
We cannot compromise on the safety of our players, David White said after the match, first of the three ODIs, scheduled today were canceled.