In what came as a shocking development in the cricket fraternity, the limited-overs series between Pakistan and New Zealand has been called off due to security reasons. Meanwhile, Pakistani fans and players were taken aback by the incident.
After the white-ball series was called off, fans and cricket experts across the world voiced their opinion on this matter. Meanwhile, former Proteas cricketer David Wiese opened up on the matter as well. Needless to say, before his tweet, a fake account with a similar name also tweeted on this matter.
The user had tweeted, “I have visited many countries but found Pakistan the most beautiful and peaceful country. No doubt Pakistani Army and Air force is the best force in the world Teacup without a handle. I request New Zealand to review its decision. Stay Strong Pakistan, Best Wishes from South Africa. #PAKvNZ”
While responding, David Wiese had shared that he has always relished playing there in Pakistan, highlighting that the earlier tweet was made from a fake account. He tweeted, “I have always enjoyed myself in Pakistan, the people are very welcoming and the security has never been an issue!! This tweet is however from a fake account!!”
I have always enjoyed myself in Pakistan, the people are very welcoming and the security has never been an issue!! This tweet is however from a fake account!! https://t.co/RaRcGdfwNJ
— David Wiese (@David_Wiese) September 17, 2021
New Zealand Cricket unwilling to comment on the matter
The Black Caps were due to play 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is, which is their first in Pakistan since 2003. International cricket in Pakistan was suspended following the terror attacks against the Sri Lankan side in 2009.
However, it has slowly revived over the past 2 years. Security was also beefed up in the buildup to the New Zealand series. Earlier, New Zealand Cricket expressed that they will not comment further on the details of the security threat. NZC said that they will also comment on the updated arrangements. On the contrary, PCB added that New Zealand unilaterally planned to postpone the series too.
Nonetheless, there is no news of when the series will happen again or whether it will be played or not. In a statement about the same, “Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured New Zealand Cricket of the same.
The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team.”
The statement continued, “PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last-minute withdrawal. is in danger of being cancelled after the first match of the ODI series could not begin on time on Friday at the Pindi stadium..”