While New Zealand left Pakistan without playing a game due to security reasons, England cancelled the upcoming tour citing the mental and physical well-being of the players.
The two setbacks haven’t been appreciated by former and current Pakistan players, who have slammed the two countries for backstabbing Pakistan.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has broken his silence on the matter. Afridi stated NZC’s decision is unforgivable considering the efforts of the PCB on providing security to the visiting teams.
“We all know that there is a huge amount of scrutiny when it comes to arranging tours. Proper investigations are conducted by the security members of the touring nation. The routes are defined and only when the process is completed, that is when the teams are given the green signal to visit the country,” Afridi told Cricket Pakistan.
“New Zealand cricketers are loved in Pakistan and for them to do something like this is unforgivable. If there was any potential threat, they should have been shared with the PCB and waited for Pakistan’s security forces to assess the situation,” he added.
It has to be noted that Pakistan’s information and broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry claimed that the New Zealand team had received a threatening E-mail that came from India. “This email was generated from India through a VPN showing the location of Singapore,” he told reporters.
Afridi said other ‘educated nations’ should not follow India. “If you have to look at the bigger picture then I think we need to take a decision which shows the world that we are also a country and we have our pride. It’s ok if one country is behind us but I don’t think other countries should also make the same mistake,” asserted Afridi.
“They are all educated nations and should not follow India. Instead, cricket should improve relations. The situation was bad in India. We were getting threats. Our board asked us to go and we went there. Similarly, during Covid-19, the situation that there was in England, the cricket went on. If you trust false e-mails and cancel tours then I believe you are offering them fodder to win,” he further added.