Pakistan is a cricket ‘no-go zone’ for New Zealand

In this picture dated May 8, 2002, security officials examine the wreckage of a bus after a powerful bomb blast resulted in the death of 11 French engineers on board in front of the Sheraton hotel in Karachi. -AFP Photo

Former opener Mark Richardson, part of the New Zealand squad which abandoned their tour of Pakistan after a bomb blast in 2002, said Wednesday he felt sorry that the country has become a cricket no-go zone.

New Zealand flew back home at the start of the second and final Test in Karachi on May 8, 2002, after a blast close to their hotel killed 13 French naval staff.

“The over-riding memories are sad ones when the bomb went off in Karachi on the morning of the game,” Richardson, 43, told AFP.

“We had security concerns but we had started very comfortably. We had visited a fast food restaurant in Karachi and we were feeling very comfortable and then ‘kaboom’ and it was frightening and unfortunately we were on the plane back home later that day.

“It was a sad end,” remembered Richardson, who played 43 Tests and four one-day internationals.

“We felt for our hosts, it wasn’t like a daily occurence. They were as shocked and as freaked out as we were. You feel for Pakistan.”

Richardson remembered the destruction and the panic the bomb caused…

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  • Brett_McS

    Cricket and Pakistan: International cricket matches used to be adjudicated by the host nation’s best umpires. Statistical analysis of decades worth of umpiring decisions which rely on the umpire’s judgement showed that the local umpires were fair to the visiting team, and in the case of England, more than fair. Except in Pakistan, where the local umpires were heavily biased toward their own team.

    So instead of just using neutral umpires for matches in Pakistan the ICC required neutral umpires for all international matches. Didn’t want to hurt their feelings. Perhaps if Pakistan gets run out we can go back to the older system. Then we can keep our advantage against England.

    • BillyHW

      The are a people without honour.

      On second thought, are they even a “people”?

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Who could blame them?

    Pakistan in 2015, with, yes, daily bombings, makes Pakistan in 2002 look like a charming destination in comparison.

    • Frau Katze

      This is true. It’s only getting worse.

  • ismiselemeas

    Yeah right, and as captain Imran Khan deplored every attack despite actively destabilizing the country as a second career. The Sri Lankan team got attacked, Australia refused to go, see the pattern?

  • kiora

    However, we’ll take them in as refugees with all the benefits.

  • TotallyPeeved

    I feel nothing but hate for pockeestan.

  • Barrington Minge

    Why would ANYONE want to go to Pakistan….other than Pakistanis that is?

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Tourmaline and Aquas…

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    “You feel for Pakistan.” Nope. Not me. Not one smidgeon.