New Zealand Women’s cricket team is currently touring England for a limited-overs tour. The two teams are scheduled to play the third T20 International of the five-match series on Tuesday in Leicester. However, there can be a change of plans as it is learned that the visiting nation has received bomb threats in England.
The ESPNcricinfo reported that a member of the New Zealand team was contacted and was warned that a bomb will be placed at the team hotel. The caller also threatened that they will place a bomb on the flight when the team will be returning back home.
The entire incident is being related to New Zealand and England’s decision of canceling their Men’s cricket team tour to Pakistan. Following the call threat, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) received a threatening email regarding the New Zealand cricket team.
“The ECB has 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 White Ferns have now arrived in Leicester and, as a precaution, security around them has been boosted,” the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.
ECB increases security around New Zealand cricket team
Meanwhile, following the threats, the England board has increased the security around the visiting nation. It was also speculated that NZ were asked to cancel their training session ahead of the third ODI. Howver, the NZ spokesperson denied all the rumors and confirmed that the tour will go as per the plan. He also assured that ECB is carrying out a proper investigation on the entire matter.
“As has been reported, the ECB has 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 White Ferns have now arrived in Leicester and, as a precaution, security around them has been boosted. Reports their training has been canceled are false. They were not scheduled to train today as it was a traveling day. NZC will not be commenting further on the matter.” the NZ spokesperson said.