WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that the safety of the country's players is paramount, a statement which comes to support New Zealand Cricket's decision to pull out of its Pakistan tour.
"When I spoke with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I conveyed our thanks for taking care of the New Zealand Cricket team," Ardern said in a statement sent to Reuters.
"I know how disappointing it will be for everyone that the game hasn’t gone ahead, but we totally support the decision that’s been made. Player safety has to be paramount.”
The New Zealand cricket team has cancelled its tour of Pakistan after informing the Pakistan Cricket Board of a "security alert", a statement confirmed on Friday.
"Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series," reads the press release.