The New Zealand team reached the United Arab Emirates after finishing the Pakistan cricket series due to security threat.


The players of the New Zealand team reached Dubai. Photo credit: New Zealand Cricket

Dubai: The New Zealand cricket team arrived in Dubai on Sunday morning after fleeing Pakistan, but authorities refused to give details of a security threat that forced them to abruptly cancel their tour.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said that although some information had been shared with the Pakistan Cricket Board, “specific details could not and would not be disclosed privately or publicly”.

The next scheduled tours of England, Australia and the West Indies are now in jeopardy.

“The Black Caps arrived in Dubai last night after leaving Islamabad on a charter flight,” New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.

“A contingent of 34 players and support staff is now settling in their Dubai hotel and isolating themselves 24 hours a day.”

White said he appreciated the difficult times for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), but added that New Zealand had no choice but to skip their tour.

“What I can say is that we were advised that this is a specific and credible threat against the team,” White said.

“We had several discussions with New Zealand government officials before making the decision and only after informing the PCB of our position did we understand that there was a telephone conversation between the concerned prime ministers.

“Unfortunately, given the advice we received, there was no way to stay in the country.”

White said New Zealand was satisfied with its initial decision to visit Pakistan, which promised a comprehensive review of the security situation and risk reduction measures.

“Everything changed on Friday,” he said.

“Consultations have changed, the level of risk has changed and as a result, we have taken the same responsible action.”

The New Zealand players and crew were taken in bulletproof buses from their Islamabad hotel to the airport, where they boarded a charter flight to Dubai.

Players who do not participate in next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates can arrange flights and quarantine as soon as they return to New Zealand.

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