New Zealand batsman Tom Latham admitted on Tuesday that his team had missed a “historic moment” by canceling the Pakistan tour, but stressed that the decision was based on the safety of the players.
Just hours before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi on Friday, New Zealand canceled the tour of Pakistan due to security concerns.
Latham was appointed captain of the Pakistan series where they planned to play in three ODIs and five T20I matches.
“… New Zealand cricket is a historic moment as they have been back for the last 18 years. According to ESPNcricinfo, being a part of it would be special, but obviously things have changed,” Latham told New Zealand’s local media channel.
The NZC acted quickly with the people in Pakistan. When we were there after the end, the Pakistani authorities were brilliant. They kept us safe at the hotel and we should definitely thank them.
Latham, who is currently in Dubai, described in detail the decision to suspend the tour.
“It was like a normal sports day. We left at 12:30 and then I got a message that there was a team meeting at 12 on my WhatsApp. Everyone was wondering what to do and then we told them the news that we were going home.
The 24 hours after that decision was enjoyable, but apparently the NZC and the players’ association, Pakistan and everyone on the New Zealand cricket field had player protection in the first place. It was great that they were able to take us to Dubai in 24 hours, so the guys were very grateful for that.
NZC CEO David White said the “specific and credible” threat was on the tour page, which would not be shared with PCB or Pakistani officials, especially angered PCB chairman Ramis Raja and CEO Wasim Khan.
“It naturally disappoints them (Pakistan and their fans). It was very proud of them. I remember doing the captain’s round the day before with Babur (Assam) and seeing how happy he was to have us there in international cricket. He was so excited.” Said Latham.