The cricket fraternity around the world is upset by New Zealand’s unilateral decision of withdrawing from the Pakistan tour. After the Sri Lankan cricket analyst, a West Indies cricketer also expressed his opinion on the matter in favor of Pakistan. Chris Gayle tweeted where he mentioned that he is coming to Pakistan and the Twitter community, especially Pakistanis are overjoyed.
I’m going to Pakistan tomorrow, who coming with me? 😉🙌🏿
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) September 18, 2021
Gayle, known for seeing the lighter side of things even in the most serious of situations, is currently in the UAE. He is training with the Punjab Kings for IPL 2021, beginning Sunday.
Tweet By Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle’s tweet where he asked the fans if they were ready to accompany him to Pakistan got viral as soon as it was made. In fact, the matter became top trending on the platform. Even, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) retweeted Gayle’s statement from their official handle.
Many people took to Twitter to share their reactions to the hilarious instance. The Pakistani Cricketer, Amir Khan, also replied to Gayle, calling him a legend.
see u there legend 😁😁😁😁
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) September 18, 2021
Chris Gayle is not the only West Indies cricketer to comment on the situation created by New Zealand. Two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy, who has been a regular in the Pakistan Super League, voiced his opinion as well. He said that he has faced no security concerns during his multiple visits to Pakistan in the last six years.
“Disappointed waking up to the news of the cancellation of the Pakistan Vs New Zealand series because of security issues. Over the last 6 years playing and visiting Pakistan has been one of the most enjoyable experiences. I’ve always felt safe. This is a massive blow to Pakistan,” Sammy tweeted.
Disappointed waking up to the news of the cancellation of the Pakistan Vs New Zealand series because of security issues.Over the last 6 years playing and visiting Pakistan has been one of the most enjoyable experiences. I’ve always felt safe. this is a massive blow to Pakistan ☹️
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) September 17, 2021
Twitter gets out of control
If you are having a bad day in general or if New Zealand’s withdrawal upset you, these tweets will light you up. Have a look:
— Katie Simon (@CatieSimon) September 18, 2021
— Aman Ullah (@Amanullah6064) September 18, 2021
— Fazal Abbas (@_AbbasFazal) September 18, 2021
— Amnah Jabeen (@AmnahJPlus) September 18, 2021
— ASaeed (@Asaeed_pti) September 18, 2021
Withdrawal of the New Zealand Team
The New Zealand cricket team, meanwhile, arrived in Dubai early Sunday after leaving Pakistan. However, the officials have not given any details of the security threat that forced them to abruptly cancel their tour. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has faced a lot of criticism from the PCB, the former, and current Pakistani cricketers for this decision.
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Rameez Raja, the PCB chairman issued a video message addressing Pakistanis regarding the ongoing situation.
“There’s a lot of pressure created on Pakistan cricket and (especially) Pakistan cricket at home.”
“The fight to survive is the base on which we challenge the whole world. If such a situation is developed (again) when international cricket comes under pressure in Pakistan, we will challenge them once again.”
Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 17, 2021
Official Statement of New Zealand
New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday said it alerted NZC to a “credible, specific” security threat to the New Zealand team.
“New Zealand agencies have provided ongoing and consistent advice that Pakistan remains a high threat security environment, as outlined in the New Zealand government travel advisory for Pakistan which notes there is a significant threat from terrorism throughout Pakistan,” the ministry said in a statement.
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