New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had her say on her country’s cricket team pulling out of their series against Pakistan.
The PCB announced in a statement on Friday that the Kiwis have unilaterally decided to pull out of the tournament. The men in green weren’t too pleased, but there’s not a lot they can do to change the visitors’ decision.
New Zealand PM Ardern revealed that she thanked her Pakistan counterpart for ‘taking care’ of her countrymen, but claimed that she fully supports the team’s decision to pull out of the highly-anticipated series.
New Zealand Prime Minister comments on pulling out of Pakistan series
Primer Minister Ardern said, as per Reuters: “I know how disappointing it will be for everyone that the game hasn’t gone ahead, but we totally support the decision that’s been made. Player safety has to be paramount.”
New Zealand Cricket’s chief executive David White added: “I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.”
To make things worse for Pakistan, the England Cricket Board are now reportedly reconsidering their decision to travel there next month. An official announcement is expected to be released this weekend.
Pakistan Cricket Board are not happy
In their official statement, PCB made it clear that the decision was completely unilateral. They revealed that Pakistan are still open to going ahead with the series as planned, but that’s unlikely now.
PCB president Ramiz Raja has had a go at New Zealand for pulling out on the day of the first game. He made it clear that the Kiwis will ‘hear’ him in front of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the near future.
He tweeted: “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.”