After New Zealand canceled the tour on Friday, former England spinner Monty Panesar said Pakistan should take “security concerns” seriously.
Following a security notice from the New Zealand government, the Blackcaps chose to end the tour against Pakistan.
Panesar backed New Zealand’s choice, saying that if “there is any doubt or concerns,” any team has the right to stay at home.
Panesar said, “I feel for Pakistan cricket and they deserve International cricket in their country but any security fears should be taken seriously. Once the sports bodies feel it’s safe they should encourage their national team to tour Pakistan,”
Furthermore, he added, “Security of any citizen is a priority and if there are any doubts or concerns over security every team has the right to stay at home,”.
Following the cancellation, Ramiz Raja, the newly-elected Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), slammed New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for taking a “unilateral approach” to security issues.