CEO David White reiterated that other than abandoning the tour, there was no different choice left for them.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is hopeful of discovering a window subsequent yr for the deserted white-ball collection towards Pakistan, its CEO David White has mentioned.
Just hours earlier than the beginning of the primary ODI at Rawalpindi on Friday, New Zealand known as off the Pakistan tour which was to comprise three ODIs and 5 T20Is, citing safety considerations.
“I’m sure we’ll find a window. We are scheduled to play them next year in January and February, two Test matches as part of the World Test Championships and some ODIs, so maybe we can wrap the games around those series,” White mentioned on Mornings with Ian Smith present on SEN Radio.
White, nevertheless, reiterated that other than abandoning the tour, there was no different choice left for them.
“(The Pakistan Cricket Board) were fantastic, very professional. We will work through with them over the coming weeks and months to ensure we fulfill our obligations to them, we’ve got to play five ODIs and three T20s against them.”
“It’s really disappointing for Pakistan cricket, but we had no option but to leave the tour, unfortunately,” he mentioned.
White spoke in regards to the severe nature of the risk that took place regardless of “extensive” precautions.
“I was at home and we got a call from a government agency on Friday afternoon informing us of a specific credible threat against the team,” he mentioned.
“I contacted our security person in Pakistan, which was at 3am in the morning, and we just worked through it with him on the ground and other independent sources as well,” he added.
He mentioned the New Zealand authorities companies knowledgeable that they’d information of a selected credible risk towards the crew.
“They informed us of that immediately and we continued those discussions and informed our people on the ground (in Pakistan). We had a contingency in place. We had a charter flight that was available at short notice,” mentioned White.
“So we were able to do that and execute that and secure accommodation in Dubai where the team are going to be staying for the World T20s, so that’s where the players are now,” he added.
“They are all safe and in a secure place, I think they’re in a hotel where there are two of the IPL teams as well,” White mentioned.