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Gayle's ‘going to Pakistan tomorrow’ tweet leaves fans confused, Amir replies

  • Published at 03:57 pm September 19th, 2021
Chris Gayle

Gayle's tweet after New Zealand's decision to abandon Pakistan's tour due to security reasons, generated a lot of attention among fans

At a time when the cricketing world is still coming to grips with New Zealand's decision to abandon their Pakistan limited-overs tour barely hours before the first ODI citing security reasons, West Indies opener Chris Gayle, in a jest, said he is willing to travel to Pakistan on Sunday. 

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Gayle, who is known for seeing the lighter side of things even in the most serious of situations, is currently in UAE training with Punjab Kings side for remainder of IPL 2021 beginning on Sunday. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), however, retweeted Gayle's tweet from their official handle.

Gayle's tweet generated a lot of attention among fans. Mohammad Amir, too reacted to the West Indies' opener's comment. 

Gayle's tweet generated a lot of attention among fans. Mohammad Amir, too reacted to the West Indies' opener's comment. 

The New Zealand cricket team, meanwhile, arrived in Dubai early Sunday after leaving Pakistan but officials refused to give details of the security threat that forced them to abruptly cancel their tour.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has coped a lot of criticism from the PCB, former and current Pakistan cricketers for their decision. 

New Zealand abandoned its tour of Pakistan minutes before the first match on Friday in Rawalpindi after its government issued a security alert. New Zealand media reported the touring party left Pakistan on Saturday aboard a charter flight to the United Arab Emirates.

“There’s a lot of pressure created on Pakistan cricket and (especially) Pakistan cricket at home,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told cricket fans in a video message released on Saturday.

“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.”

Pakistan was awaiting a decision from the England and Wales Cricket Board this weekend on the fate of scheduled short tours by the England men's and women's teams next month.

The West Indies is also due in December and Australia in February.

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.

Source: hindustantimes.com