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Pakistan icon Wasim Akram has encouraged the cricketing community to give them a chance to show that playing cricket in Pakistan is safe. He praised Pakistan's security forces, calling them "invincible."
New Zealand pulled out of their tour to Pakistan just hours before the first ODI in Rawalpindi on Friday, citing a security danger, prompting Akram's reaction. Aboard Saturday night, New Zealand flew out of Islamabad on a charter jet.
Expressing his disappointment, Akram took to Twitter to write that Pakistan will do everything to ensure that cricket can be played in a safe environment in the country. The Pakistan great's tweet read:
"I think the world underestimates how powerful our security forces are. Cricket is more than a sport to us and we will do everything in our power to prevent cricket being taken from us again. The world needs to give us a chance to prove that!"
After gaining authorization from their security agency, New Zealand arrived in Pakistan for their first visit since 2003.
The toss for the first ODI, however, was postponed as both teams failed to arrive at the ground. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) later issued an official statement confirming that the visit will be canceled owing to security concerns.