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  21 Sep 2021, 09:06

Extra security for N.Z. women's cricketers in Britain

  WELLINGTON, Sept 21, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday

boosted security around the women's national team currently touring Britain
as a precaution after a threatening email was received by English officials.

  NZC, which last week abruptly abandoned the Black Caps' tour of Pakistan
over security fears for the men's team, said the latest threat was ultimately
deemed "not credible".

  But it said the communication received by the England and Wales Cricket
Board (ECB) prompted increased security around the White Ferns women's team,
which is due to play England in Leicester on Tuesday.

  "The ECB have received a threatening email relating to NZC. Although this
did not specifically reference the White Ferns, it was treated seriously,
investigated and deemed not credible," the governing body said in a
statement.

  "The White Ferns have now arrived in Leicester and, as a precaution,
security around them has been boosted."

  The threat came as English cricket chiefs withdrew their men's and women's
teams from next month's white-ball series in Pakistan, citing "increasing
concerns about travelling to the region".

  That decision came in the wake of the Black Caps' dramatic withdrawal from
the Pakistan tour on Friday, just as the first one-day international was due
to start at Rawalpindi Stadium.

  NZC has refused to detail what prompted the action beyond saying it had
been advised of a "specific and credible threat".

  According to Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, New Zealand
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Pakistan leader Imran Khan that the team
feared an attack outside the stadium.

  The England and New Zealand cancellations are a huge setback for Pakistan,
which has been trying to revive tours by foreign sides after home
internationals were suspended in the aftermath of a terror attack on the Sri
Lankan side in 2009.

  There will also be questions about planned tours to Pakistan by the West
Indies in December and Australia in February next year.

  The New Zealand men's team arrived in Dubai on Sunday on a charter flight
from Pakistan, with players not involved in next month's Twenty20 World Cup
in the UAE returning to New Zealand as soon as flights and quarantine
facilities can be arranged.

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