New Zealand decided to abandon the tour of Pakistan a few hours before the first ODI. After landing in the country, they not only attended the practice sessions but were also part of the trophy unveiling ceremony. The New Zealand Cricket Board cancelled the tour due to security reasons.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had made all the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the matches. The governing body of Pakistan Cricket was disappointed after New Zealand’s decision. Apart from the financial setback, the cricket board will have to pay a hefty amount for the food of security officials hired to keep the visitors safe and sound.
The food was consumed by the officers who were in charge of the New Zealand team.
If reports are to be believed, five SPs and over 500 SSPs (police officers) were deployed. As per a report in Anandabazar Patrika, each security official was served Biriyani twice a day, the cost of which was around Rs 27 lakh.
“The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour,” NZC said in the statement calling off the tour.