New Zealand call off Pakistan tour minutes before start of first ODI

New Zealand have called off their limited-overs tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.

The tour, comprising three ODIs and five T20Is, was supposed to start today, with the first ODI in Rawalpindi, but neither team left their hotel on the morning of the game, and spectators were not allowed to enter the stadium.

New Zealand cricket team ends tour of Pakistan due to security concerns.

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The chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Board says it is not possible for us to continue the tour.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says New Zealand Cricket said today that it has received a security alert after which it has unilaterally canceled the series.

The PCB said the board and the Pakistani government had made foolproof security arrangements, while Prime Minister Imran Khan also held talks with the New Zealand Prime Minister.

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The cricket board said that Prime Minister Imran Khan also assured the Prime Minister of New Zealand of security.

The PCB said that the security officials of the New Zealand team were satisfied with the security measures taken by the Pakistani government.

The cricket board said the PCB wanted the series as scheduled, but cricket fans around the world were disappointed with the last-minute decision.

Earlier, according to news agency sources, security officials and the PCB tried to persuade the New Zealand cricket team for several hours but all attempts to persuade failed.

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It should be noted that a series of 3 ODIs and 5 T20 matches is scheduled between Pakistan and New Zealand.