Pakistan Men & Women cricket teams safe
LAHORE: All players of Pakistan’s Men and Women teams are safe in New Zealand after a powerful earthquake hit the country today.
And the second good news for cricket fans is that first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan is set to go ahead in Christchurch this week despite the calamity.
A New Zealand cricket spokesman has confirmed that the Test would begin at Hagley Oval on Thursday as planned after the venue and teams’ accommodation were checked and found to be safe.
A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed two people and caused massive infrastructure damage in New Zealand on Monday. Rescue work was underway. The tremor hit after midnight near the South Island seaside tourist town of Kaikoura.
It triggered a tsunami alert that sent thousands of people fleeing for higher ground across large parts of the country’s rugged coastline before the threat abated.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that all players of men and women teams are safe and sound.
Team manager Wasim Bari said he established contact with players who told the team management about their safety and overall playing conditions in New Zealand in the wake of an earthquake.
PCB said the players are safe and the conditions are quite conducive over there.
The Pakistan’s Men cricket team were in Nelson to play a three-day tour game before the first Test.
The Pakistan women’s team, who are also touring New Zealand, was even closer, staying on the 13th floor of a hotel in Christchurch.
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