PM to meet Pakistan cricket team on September 22 to boost squad's morale

The Nation  |  Sep 21, 2021

Following the cancellation of New Zealand and England teams’ tours, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has decided to meet Pakistan cricket team to boost their morale.

Sources told that the time of the meeting will be set as per the schedule of the premier.  

On September 17, New Zealand had called off a series of one day internationals against Pakistan over security concerns, New Zealand's cricket body and local board officials said, minutes before the first match was due to start.

"New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and unilaterally decided to postpone the series," the Pakistan Cricket board said in a statement.

"Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same," the PCB statement reads.

"The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team," the statement added.

PM Imran Khan to meet Pakistan cricket team on September 22 to boost squad's morale

Days after New Zealand pulled out of their cricket series against Pakistan over security concerns, England also withdrawn their men’s and women’s teams from next month’s tour of Pakistan.

England’s men and women teams were due to play two Twenty20s in Rawalpindi in October, while the women’s team were also due to play three ODIs in Pakistan.

"The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip," the ECB said in a statement.

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