Babar Rizwan PCB chief & plenty of Pakistan cricketers throwing shade at New Zealand on Twitter. Really childish stuff imo. Their politicians calling out openly in PC.. Same ones who actually supported Taliban's takeover.
I haven't heard this, although I imagine it'll come out in the fullness of time.Have heard there was direct threat to the team. Not like general unrest or threat but threat directed towards the team in particular. Why did they think they should allow crowd in the first place?
Yep, agreed as well. Someone is asleep at the wheel at HQOh and nzc is really putting our players for lot of abuse by leaving open social media posts for comments. Abuses thrown left right and center at the players. Hope our boys don't read this garbage. There's so much venom. Turn off the comments or block the account for **** sake
I get all that yes. Their nation is disappointed sure but people in responsible positions should avoid making ridiculous statements feeding their public garbage and make us sound like we're part of some wider conspiracy.I completely agree. Really emotive, irrational statements made by Pakistan officials and players.. I get the emotion. 100%. It's a kick in the teeth for the significant effort they've made to bring cricket back to Pakistan. The PCL has been a success in bringing international cricketers back to the country, and recent touring teams have come and gone without issue.
But the conspiracy theories, the lack of acknowledgement that there might be a legitimate threat, the fear that these young guys must be facing. I said before, we're in the country. It's not like we backed out in the Koru Lounge. We committed to this. We had full intention of playing 8 games, and now because security have had (I can only presume) a good reason to feel uncertain about our safety there, we are now going home. I would hope that's something that Pakistan can get their heads around.
Shoaib Akhtar is a ****wit, too. Dude is on another planet.
Good to see you here Fusion. Hope you’re doing well.I'm massively sad for Pakistani fans and Pakistan cricket in general, but if a visiting board feels like there's a legitimate threat, then there's no other choice but to abandon.
I think it comes down to when Imran Khan is saying "no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team", Pakistan people and fans are going to fire up with it. Especially when a BBC reporter is saying it's Covid related: The reason, I was told, was that a "couple of players had contracted Covid".I wish they were more responsible in their reaction.
I'm pretty sure those were jokes, I probably made most of them. And no one went quite, there was literally an apology thread.I recall similar sentiments to those NZ is copping now being expressed towards Australian players when they abandoned certain tours, including on here, and comments to the effect that extremists would never target cricketers because it would harm their image etc etc
Then the SL bus got shot up and everyone went quiet.
I'm just looking at it from a Pakistan cricket fan's perspective mate where they have their PM come out saying there was no threat, and media reporting that it's Covid related, the reaction is to be expected. I imagine NZ will release more details once the players are out of the country and on their way back home. Hopefully that will clarify the situation.Lets be honest, as a PM he makes a fine fast bowler. His country harboured the Taliban ffs.
Maybe there was a plot to send a covid positive terrorist to cough on the Blackcaps, and the sources got their wires crossed.Also, the ugly head reared up again of people running with rumour and unconfirmed reports in incidents like this, COVID etc. We hear that 3 players have COVID, now that doesn't seem to be the case at all. Why do people feel the need to race ahead, in some sort of desire to be first and be right, even though generally no one gives a toss?