Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has said that the New Zealand’s abrupt abandonment of Pakistan tour has created an unfortunate scenario but vowed that they will overcome this crisis too.
In a video message shared here on Saturday, Ramiz said: “It is an unfortunate scenario. But we have faced similar situations in the past and have always overcome them. We have tremendous resilience… it’s a setback to staging international cricket in Pakistan but we will overcome this crisis too. “We challenge the world on the basis of our fight to survive. We will once again challenge the world.”
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) called off the tour on the day of the opening match on Friday citing a government security alert. The tour was due to start with the first of three One-Day Internationals in Rawalpindi and five Twenty20 Internationals in Lahore but the New Zealand players did not travel to the stadium, and took a unilateral decision of posponing the Pakistan tour.
The PCB chief asked national players to remain calm and release frustration caused by the New Zealand’s irrational and one-sided decision to cancel the series through performance. “Whatever frustration and anger you have, release it through your performance. This is the best cure to show the world. When you become a top world side, others will start lining up to play series against you,” he said.
“There is no need to get disappointed. Everyone will want to play against you, so I want us to learn a lesson from it and move forward while being strong. I understand that this situation has put a lot of pressure on both Pakistan’s international cricket and cricket at home. But we will do whatever we can and you will get good news and results in the future,” he added.
Ramiz said the board is fully at the back of Pakistan team and it has to become a world-class side so that it may overcome such challenges with ease and move forward. Addressing the fans, he asked them to support their team and not to lose hope. “I equally share your pain and I hope will remain together to take Pakistan cricket forward.”
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The former captain said that Pakistan would soon come out of the situation. “If we are not coming out of it quickly, even then we have so much resilience, confidence and courage to create a world-class side while playing at the domestic level.” He asked the fans to continue backing the national team, especially in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.