The Chief Executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan, held a press conference on official forums responding to the New Zealand tour cancellation as the visitors opted out of the ‘entire’ tour a few moments before the first game kicked-start.
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In the enlightenment of the big blow PCB, the whole nation have suffered, Wasim said that NZC might not be having an idea of the ‘loss’. He urged that it has left negative consequences that will last for years.
“Abandoning tour by unilateral decision is not a wise move by NewZealand Cricket. This decision will damage Pakistan Cricket as we were looking forward to hosting international teams ahead. This damage will affect Pakistan Cricket negatively for longer span”
Wasim added that the matter will now be dragged to the International Cricket Council (ICC) as it has not come up with ‘less’ disadvantages. He reminded that Pakistan is free of security threats.
“PCB will take up the issue in front of ICC and will bring New Zealand Cricket to the table. PCB believes in dialogue. Making decisions on their own and abandoning tours is an injustice. I will say thoroughly that there is no security lapse or issues in Pakistan.”
Uttering the fact that Pakistan has worked hard to revive cricket in Pakistan, not only financial but personal damage has been procured to the nation’s interests.
PCB worked hard in the recent past to win the faith of world cricket and resume international cricket in Pakistan. New Zealand has damaged the reputation & hard work of Pakistan. Financial damage is there but the credibility of Pakistan Cricket has been damaged heavily.”
Furthermore, Wasim revealed that Pakistan will now only play its home series in Pakistan and nowhere else. Reminding the fact, he urged that the country has worked harder for a decade to get cricket back in Pakistan.
PCB has a clear vision for now that Pakistan will play home series in Pakistan only and will not play anywhere else for which we’re in talks with different boards. We’ve worked day and night to bring back international cricket in stadiums of Pakistan.”
Wasim revealed that chairman Ramiz Raja also has written a letter to the NZC to remind them of the consequences that are lasting on Pakistan cricket due to their wrongdoing.
“Chairman PCB Ramiz Raja has written an official letter to NewZealand Cricket for what they’ve done. Pakistan will play #T20WorldCup and is determined to win. We can’t wear black armbands as a protest during WorldCup as this will become a political move.”
He said that Pakistan assisted New Zealand in their hard times during the Christchurch attack and this is how the BlackCaps have paid the green shirts’ back.
Pakistan toured New Zealand in tough times and underwent severe quarantine of two weeks. There was an attack on a mosque in NZ, yet we didn’t step back. PCB has shown solidarity with world cricket at tough times, yet decisions not made based on equality.”
The PCB CEO revealed that although Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are agree to voyage Pakistan but PCB, amidst the logistical issues, can not host the nations.
PCB contacted Srilanka and Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, and both the boards accepted to travel, but this wouldn’t have been possible due to logistic issues and less time. Everyone is listening to solidarity with Pakistan Cricket made by the cricket fraternity.
Wasim told that although they were given the presidential security to them but they chose to opt-out perceiving the threats from ‘unknown’ sources.
“NZC told us regarding threat & abandoning tour. PCB tried to convince, but NZC didn’t accept. NZC should’ve shared the report with us so we could remove reservations. We told them you’ve been given the same presidential security which was given to the royal family.”
Now, the ECB and CA are examining the security conditions in Pakistan following New Zealand’s scenario that recently popped up.
“England Cricket Board is examining the situation, but PCB is hopeful England will tour Pakistan as per schedule because they also toured Bangladesh right after the bomb blasts incident. Pakistan has suffered a severe blow made by New Zealand ۔.”