PAK v NZ 2021: Inzamam-ul-Haq shocked by the cancellation of tour; says it is unacceptable

The limited-overs series between Pakistan and New Zealand that was scheduled to commence on 17th September has been cancelled owing to security concerns.

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was shocked and expressed his anger, saying that New Zealand cancelling the series was unacceptable.

“No country can do to another what New Zealand have done to Pakistan. They were our guests and if they had some issues they should have spoken to the PCB. Pakistan had been providing New Zealand with the best security. Since the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in 2009, we have given security to teams equivalent to that given to a visiting President,” said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

The former batsman asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter and act swiftly after New Zealand Cricket (NZC) refused to reveal any information of the security threats.

“ICC must step into this. Also, If New Zealand have some inputs related to security, why are they not showing it? If not to PCB, then at least show it to the ICC. Even our PM had spoken to them and given them assurances. 

If New Zealand had spoken to Pakistan about their concerns, the security agencies could definitely have looked into to. But just before the match they said, they cannot play because of some threat. I have full trust in Pakistan’s security. At least let us know what your problem is? I cannot digest this,” he added.

He said that Pakistan had always supported other teams in their hard times. He cited Pakistan players visiting Sri Lanka before World Cup 1996.

“Pakistan has always supported other nations. In 1996, there was a major security threat in Sri Lanka and teams were not willing to play there. Our players went there and played a match ahead of the World Cup. Sri Lanka could thus show the world that their country was safe. We are always ready to help.,” he concluded.