NZC chief seeks cordial relations with PCB after series cancellation

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September 20, 2021

NZC could think about compensating the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the financial losses it suffered, says David White

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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief David White. Photo: file

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief David White Monday said that that the board will think about playing the cancelled matches against Pakistan in the future and sought cordial relations with the cricket board.

In a statement, David White said, "At the moment, to speak about the New Zealand touring Pakistan again will be premature."

"Whether it is Pakistan or England [where the team visits], reviewing the security arrangements is the most important step," he added.

NZC can think about compensating PCB

He maintained that NZC could think about compensating the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the financial losses it suffered after the Black Caps decided to unilaterally abandon the Pakistan tour last week.

White said that despite the tour getting cancelled, the NZC can still enjoy cordial relations with the PCB. He said that Pakistan was a nation that harboured a passion for cricket, adding that he knew Pakistanis were disappointed with the series getting cancelled.

"New Zealand Cricket can understand how hurt Pakistani fans are," he said.

NZ cancels its Pakistan tour

Last Friday, the New Zealand cricket team had cancelled its tour of Pakistan after informing the PCB of a "security alert" minutes before the toss for the first ODI at Rawalpindi.

The New Zealand cricket team was pulled out of Pakistan at the last minute after the Five Eyes — an intelligence alliance of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States, and United Kingdom — advised Wellington to do so, NZ Herald reported the next day.

The publication had said the security threat was deemed credible before the match. It had led to phone calls between NZ Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board, and Pakistan and New Zealand Prime Ministers Imran Khan and Jacinda Ardern.

"Within 12 hours of those conversations, the tour was cancelled," the report had said.

‘NZ will hear us at ICC’

As expected, the news of New Zealand abandoning the Pakistan tour at the last minute did not go down with PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja.

Describing it as a "crazy" day, Raja said he felt sorry for Pakistani fans and players.

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