New Zealand cricket team leaves from Pakistan on chartered flight

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The 33-member New Zealand team left for Dubai on Saturday evening in a chartered flight from Islamabad. A day earlier, the New Zealand team had canceled the cricket tour citing security threats. New Zealand players and officials underwent rapid COVID-19 testing at the airport and were allowed to leave amid stringent security protocols after all tested negative. New Zealand Cricket on Friday abruptly decided to call off the series immediately ahead of the first one-day international, citing serious security threats. Neither the New Zealand Board nor their government shared this threat information to the Government of Pakistan, security officials and the Pakistan Cricket Board. Angered by the development, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday said the New Zealand team was not in danger and they only made excuses to leave home as they did not want to play the series. The New Zealand team reached Pakistan on 11 September. She came to Pakistan after 18 years to play the series. The team was to play three ODIs and five T20 Internationals on this tour. They took part in a few practice sessions at the Pindi Stadium amid tight security but decided to call off the series on the day of the match.

[Attribution to NBT]

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