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According to a well informed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), New Zealand wanted to abandon their ongoing tour of the United Arab Emirates following the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes passed away at the age of 25 when he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
As a result of the tragedy, the ongoing third Test in Sharjah was extended by a day since the second day was abandoned out of respect for Hughes.
“Understandably some of their players informed their management that they were badly disturbed and shocked by Hughes’ death and were not in a state of mind to continue with the tour,” the source said. “But when the manager of the Pakistan team, Moin Khan, contacted the Board officials with the news that the New Zealand players were reluctant to even continue with the series, the senior PCB officials had to speak to their counterparts in New Zealand.
“But the New Zealand players insisted that as a mark of respect, the second day’s play should be postponed, to which the PCB and Pakistan team management also agreed.”
The source added that New Zealand were convinced to stay after the PCB told New Zealand Cricket (NZC) how much money they would lose if the rest of the tour were to be cancelled.