New Zealand batsman Tom Latham on Tuesday admitted that his crew missed out on a “historic moment” by cancelling the Pakistan tour however asserted that the choice was based mostly on gamers’ security.
Just hours earlier than the beginning of the primary ODI at Rawalpindi on Friday, New Zealand known as off the Pakistan tour, citing safety issues.
Latham was named skipper for the Pakistan sequence, the place they have been scheduled to play three ODIs and 5 T20Is.
“… it was a historic moment for New Zealand Cricket to be back there 18 years since they were last there. To be part of that was going to be something special, but obviously things changed,” Latham advised New Zealand’s in-house media channel in response to ESPNcricinfo.
“NZC acted swiftly along with the people on the ground in Pakistan. While we were there after the decision, the Pakistan authorities were brilliant. They kept us safe at the hotel and we certainly need to thank them.”
Latham, who’s presently in Dubai, detailed the build-up to the fateful choice to name off the tour.
“It was like a standard recreation day. We have been leaving at 12:30, after which I acquired a message on my WhatsApp group that we have been having a crew assembly at 12 o clock. Everyone was type of questioning what was up after which we acquired advised the information that we have been heading house.
“It was an interesting 24 hours post that decision but obviously NZC and the Players Association, everyone on the ground in Pakistan and NZ Cricket obviously had players’ safety first and foremost. For them to get us to Dubai in 24 hours was outstanding so the guys were very thankful for that.”
NZC CEO David White had stated there was a “specific and credible” risk directed on the touring facet, one that will not be shared with the PCB or the Pakistan authorities, some extent that notably riled PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and CEO Wasim Khan.
“It’s naturally very disappointing for them (Pakistan and their fans). It was something they were very proud of. I remember doing the captain’s round with Babar (Azam) the day before and just seeing how happy he was to have international cricket and have us there. He was very excited,” stated Latham.