Eighth Test-playing tour of England
by New Zealand
- May 2001)
The tour had been due to take
place in September and October 2001, but was postponed following the
September 11 attacks in New York.
promised “foolproof” security for the tourists to reschedule the tour and the
interior ministry guaranteed the visitors safe exit in the event of a
Pakistan made a
clean sweep in the series of three one-day internationals. During the third
match 26-year-old Pakistan
fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowled at more than 100 mph, and he destroyed New Zealand in the first Test at Lahore with a six for
11 spell. However, as the teams were about to leave their hotels for the
second Test a bomb blast killed 15 people outside their Karachi hotel. The bomber’s target was a
navy bus carrying French defence technicians helping build two submarines at
the dockyard. None of the tour party was seriously hurt although NZ
physiotherapist Dayle Shackel received a minor cut to his forearm from flying
The New Zealanders felt that
the Pakistan Government and the PCB had done everything reasonably possible
to protect their players during the tour, and none of the cricketers was
injured, but it was the last time New Zealand
Cancelling the remainder of the tour cause financial losses for the Pakistan
Board which has already lost nearly £7min potential revenue since September 11.
Sir Richard Hadlee (chairman),Ross Dykes, Brian McKechnie and Denis
Unavailable:Adam Parore (retired after
the home Test series against England); Dion Nash (back and hip injuries - a
month later he retired from cricket);Shane Bond (stress fracture of foot);Shayne O’Connor (recovering from knee operation); Chris Drum (announced
his retirement at end of the home Test series because he was moving to
London); Martin Croy (injured); Chris
Cairns (after his knee tendon operation, he then suffered a different knee
injury in March, which ended his home season)
Test tour party announced :31 March 2002.
On standby (Tests):Mathew Sinclair, Lance Hamilton (CD), James
Franklin and Glen Sulzberger.
one-day squad for Sharjah and Pakistan
was announced on the same date
Daniel Vettori was still
recovering from a back injury and not fit for the one-dayers in Sharjah and Pakistan. He
was held back for the Tests and selected subject to fitness.
On standby (one-days)Mathew Sinclair, Glen Sulzberger, Matthew
Withdrawal: Lou Vincent (bruising of
the chest and airway) was advised not to fly so Sinclair came in for the ODIs.
between selection and departure from New Zealand
March to c 3 April)
March New Zealand Cricket confirmed
that they were willing to tour Pakistan in April and May.The home Test series with England ended on 3 April.
The New Zealand team travelled to Dubai to play in the Sharjah Cup tri-series
arriving on Sunday 7 April. Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan (who had led a
depleted New Zealand
side in Sharjah in April 2001) arrived later on that evening.The Sharjah matches ended on 17 April 2002.
Sharjah they travelled to Pakistan.
they arrived in Karachi on 18 April under heavy guard, New Zealand cricket
captain Stephen Fleming and manager Ross Dykes said safety fears in Pakistan
would not.affect their team’s performance.
Vincent missed the Sharjah matches and, with Robbie Hart, flew direct to Pakistan, leaving New Zealand on Thursday 18 April.
spent in Pakistan
April - 8 May)
ADDED ▷Sinclair, Styris, Drum
◁ W/DAstle, Oram, Adams
Matthew Sinclair took Lou Vincent’s place in the Sharjah
matches after Vincent suffered a rupture in his left airway. Chris Nevin
strained his hamstring at practice so Robbie Hart joined the tour a week
earlier than intended to reinforce the one-day squad in Pakistan.
After the first one-dayer Nathan
Astle was ruled out of the rest of the tour with a suspected torn tendon in
his left knee cap.He flew home to be
replaced by Matthew Sinclair who
flew out again to rejoin the side on Friday 27 April.
Three one-day players (Oram,
Styris, and Franklin) were replaced for the Test series by Chris Martin,
Daniel Vettori and Mark Richardson.
Scott Styris was
retained after the one-day series (Jacob
Oramwould have been added to the
Test team had he not suffered a side strain and returned home early injured).Styris was capped for his Test debut the
night before the Karachi Test only for the match to be cancelled
All-rounder Andre Adams
returned home after suffering a back stress fracture in the first Test.Leg-spinner Brooke Walker then suffered a
dislocated finger in the left hand but he remained on tour.
•During the third ODI Pakistan fast bowler
Shoaib Akhtar was clocked at 161 kph, a fraction over 100 mph.
•Lou Vincent (57) and skipper Stephen
Fleming (66) made battling half-centuries in the innings defeat at Lahore
§ One-day internationals in Sharjah
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to New Zealand
Nathan Astle and Jacob Oram returned home injured on 25 April.
Chris Nevin and James Franklin departed after the one-day series
on the evening of Monday 30 April.
New Zealand were scheduled to leave on 13 May but the tour was
abandoned on Wednesday 8 May.
That evening the team returned from Karachi,
making a stopover at Singapore,
while the manager Jeff Crowe left on an Emirates flight to Dubai
and Frankfurt later. He was accompanied by
the ICC officials Mike Procter, Rudi Koertzen Steve Bucknor and team physio
The team landed at Auckland
on Friday 10 May, where Fleming gave a press conference.
away from New Zealandx
NZ to 10 May)
Cancelling the remainder of the
tour cause financial losses for the Pakistan Board which has already lost
nearly £7min potential revenue since 11
Next tour of Pakistan
The New Zealanders fulfilled a one-day internationalobligation in Lahore/Rawalpindi at the end
of their Indian Test tour in 2003 but have not been back to play Test matches