Pakistan-based Australian social worker Shaniera Akram on Saturday responded to the New Zealand cricket team’s last-minute cancellation of their tour for which they cited “security” concerns.
“There is no place in the world I feel more safe than in Pakistan,” the wife of former cricketer Wasim Akram, said in a tweet, a day after New Zealand’s authorities decided to pull out their cricket team.
The newly elected chairman of the PCB Ramiz Raja admitted Saturday that Pakistani cricket was facing “a lot of pressure”, though not for the first time — and that the nation was resilient.
“Your pain and my pain is the same, it’s a shared pain. Whatever happened was not good for Pakistan cricket,” he said.
Captain Shahid Afridi believes they have sacrificed a lot over the years and deserve “a better deal”.
“We have done more than enough for them,” he said.
“We toured England and New Zealand (last year) despite fears of pandemic and we want them to reciprocate.”
Meanwhile, several foreign cricketers including West Indies cricketer Daren Sammy, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Perera, and WI’s Sherfane Rutherford also voiced support for Pakistan after New Zealand’s pull out.