Karachi: New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan replied back to veteran Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez after the latter took the dig at New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and players.
The 40-year-old Hafeez asked ‘Blackcaps’ whether there was no threat on Saturday as they used the same route to travel to airport for departure.
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 18, 2021
The 35-year-old McClenaghan opined that the onus of tour’s postponement must be on New Zealand government and not NZC and players.
“Come now bro. This has a bad taste to it… Don’t blame the players or the organisation… blame our government,” he said in his deleted tweet.
“They have only acted on the advice they have received. I’m absolutely certain these young men – all wanting to prove themselves wanted to play. they had no choice,” he added.
New Zealand abandon Pakistan tour unilaterally
The New Zealand Cricket Board on Friday informed Pakistan Cricket Board and government that they have been “alerted to some security alert” and have thus decided to postpone the series scheduled to be played in Pakistan without consultation.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed termed the abrupt cancellation of Pakistan tour by New Zealand cricket team as a conspiracy saying that security institutes did not receive any threat in this regard.
“New Zealand’s prime minister spoke to our prime minister conveying that the team could be attacked after stepping out of their hotel,” he said adding that Imran Khan assured complete security to the team.
“We also offered New Zealand to play matches without public attendance after the recent development, however, they did not agree to it,” he said while terming the cancellation of the tour as a conspiracy but stop short of taking the name of those behind it.
The interior minister shared that 4000 cops were deployed for the security of the New Zealand team along with other security agencies.