By Shoiab Wahab
Will motor-mouth interior minister Sheikh Rashid resign on cancellation of New Zealand cricket team tour of Pakistan in security reasons.
This motor mouth’s focus is on opposition all the time and less on on his job. This man brought a great deal of embarrassment for Pakistan. The opposition has demanded his resignation.
The big mouth couldn’t ensure an environment that provided sense of security to the visiting Kiwis. In a statement, the Pakistan Cricket Board said that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) informed the board they had been alerted to “some security alert” and unilaterally decided to postpone the series.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also personally spoke to PM New Zealand Jacinda Ardern requesting her not to cancel the tour as Pakistan had one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind existed for the visiting team.
Pakistan Cricket Board said: “Cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last minute withdrawal.”
New Zealand cricketers were provided head of state level security, they were state’s guests here which means highest level of protection were given to them, our agencies successfully managed security during various cricket events in last few years. This is so disappointing.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) September 17, 2021
𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗘 𝗢𝗡 𝗡𝗭 𝗚𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗡𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 & 𝗖𝗥𝗜𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗧 𝗕𝗢𝗔𝗥𝗗— Muhammad Faizan Yasin (@faizanMFY) September 17, 2021
This was Pakistan cricket team spending time & condoling with the families of the victims of Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque attack at Hagley Oval in New Zealand.
PCB should boycott all matches with New Zealand @blackcaps, barring World cup matches, until they apologize and hold a full series in Pakistan. Anything less is a shameful betrayal of Pakistani fans. #PAKvNZ— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) September 17, 2021
Pakistanis are saying cancelling tour by New Zealand is a conspiracy planned by India😃— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) September 17, 2021
Bhaijaan🇵🇰,Cricket is played with ball/bat and not with grenade/bomb & bullets
Imran Khan should call Taliban cricket team to play with Pakistan..It will be a Match between Equals#PakvsNz
Just what Players of NZ said Yesterday— Developing Pakistan (@developingpak) September 17, 2021
"We had a dozen or so police cars behind us, & armed soldiers around us at all times, & a lot of cars in the motorcade. We felt as though we were extremely safe,"
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill opens up about the Pakistan tour#PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/wwFYC0A54w
ECB “We’re aware of New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour. We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation. We will then decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our tour should proceed" #PAKvENG #Cricket— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 17, 2021
Photo of Pakistan Cricket team spending time with the families of Christchurchattack victims. Pakistani players were offered only below average hotel & strict covid rules but they never postponed New Zealand tour. But now New Zealand abandoned Pakistan tour. This is not fair 💔 pic.twitter.com/uLdi8H72oz— KH SAKIB 🇧🇩 (@Crickettalks91) September 17, 2021
Just a week ago there was so much excitement. So many people welcoming the New Zealand team. So many people excited for the series. For this cancellation at the last minute…It's a heartbreaking situation. Emotions will be high…but a careful and considered approach is crucial.— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) September 17, 2021
Let’s see if any in the Pakistan government takes responsibility of this fiasco and embarrassment and resigns. PAK DESTINY