Saturday Sep 18, 2021
ISLAMABAD: A chartered plane carrying the New Zealand cricket team — which called off its Pakistan tour citing “security” issues — has left Islamabad, sources from the aviation department said on Saturday.
Flight RG233 took off from Benazir International Airport at 8:13pm. The Airbus A319 arrived at 6:15pm from Abu Dhabi to pick up the Kiwis.
The international cricket team will return to Abu Dhabi before heading back to their country.
Sharing a video of Kiwis reaching the airport, Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez wrote on Twitter: "Thanks to the security of Pakistan forces to make arrangements to @BLACKCAPS to reach airport safe [and] sound."
The veteran cricketer added: "[I] wonder, the same route [and] same security, but no threat today???"
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board on Friday backed out of the much-awaited tour, citing a security alert from their government. The Pakistani authorities assured the team of complete security but they insisted on calling off the series.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a statement said NZC informed them that they had decided to postpone the series due to some security concern and said it is their unilateral decision.