A day which should have marked a beginning of what could have been a exciting series between two competitive sides has ended abruptly and left a sour feelings among the cricket fans .
New Zealand were scheduled to tour Pakistan for a series of 3 ODI’S in Rawalpindi followed by 5 T20I’S in Lahore between Sep 17th to Oct 3rd .
PCB have been making their efforts to bring back cricket to Pakistan and were making progress over the past few years with by hosting series for teams such as Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri Lanka ,PCB also hosted a series against World XI in 2017 and also used PSL as a medium to bring back regular cricket in Pakistan grounds and a tour from New Zealand after 18 years since they last visited would have been a huge boost to Pakistan cricket .
With everything going according to plan things to took a swift turn on 17th as the toss was delayed and the players refused to enter the stadium soon the news broke out as New Zealand decided to abandon the series and return owing to security reasons has left the fans and Pakistan players disappointed with few active and former players expressing their remarks .
New Zealand’s sudden return has not only caused a huge loss to PCB but has brought in more problems as this might affect Pakistan’s next assignment as they were to host England for a two T20I’s before the WT20 campaign begins .
What was expected to be a milestone for PCB’s attempts to bring back regular cricket in Pakistan has become a hurdle on their way .