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Friday Sep 17 2021
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Reuters
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Web Desk

New Zealand premier says safety paramount as team calls off Pakistan tour

By
Reuters
,
Web Desk
New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden calls players security paramount. Photo AFP
New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden calls players' security 'paramount'. Photo AFP

  • Arden says she "totally supports" the decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour.
  • Says she thanks PM Imran Khan for taking care of the New Zealand Cricket team.
  • Says she understands how disappointing it will be for everyone that the game hasn’t gone ahead.


WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that the safety of the players is paramount as she supported New Zealand Cricket's decision to pull out of its Pakistan tour.

"When I spoke with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I conveyed our thanks for taking care of the New Zealand Cricket team," Ardern said in a statement sent to Reuters.

"I know how disappointing it will be for everyone that the game hasn’t gone ahead, but we totally support the decision that’s been made. Player safety has to be paramount.”

The New Zealand cricket team has cancelled its tour of Pakistan after informing the Pakistan Cricket Board of a "security alert", a statement confirmed on Friday.

"Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series," reads the press release.