Tour of Pakistan 2001-02 Captain : Stephen
41st official Test
Eighth Test-playing tour of Pakistan
by New Zealand
A terrorist attack destroyed
the World Trade Centre in New York
on 11 September 2001. As the world was taking in the enormity of the event,
the New Zealand Cricket Board stopped its team from flying beyond Singapore until it could appraise the risks of
touring Pakistan. Of particular concern was playing at Peshawar, venue for the first Test match, in the
North-west Frontier Province which was adjacent to Afghanistan, now identified as Al
Qaeda’s centre of operations.
Chief Executive Martin Snedden
said the tour was ‘temporarily postponed’ and the team would go to Pakistan when the international situation
eased but on 27 September, under advice from New Zealand’s Department of
Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Cricket finally cancelled the tour.
All New Zealand
South Africa 2000-01
Next tour of
Members of the Test
tour party (15)
batsmen Mark Richardson,
batsmen Nathan Astle,
Stephen Fleming, Lou Vincent, Craig McMillan, Mathew Sinclair
Wicket-keeper Adam Parore
bowlers Daniel Vettori,
bowlers James Franklin,
Shane O’Connor, Chris Martin, Daryl Tuffey.
M D Bell
J E C Franklin
J D P
M H Richardson
A - Auckland (2)
C - Canterbury (3)
CD - Central Districts (3)
ND - Northern Districts (2)
O - Otago (2)
W - Wellington (3)
Average age of team at time of scheduled first Test match
(2 October 2001) :
26 yrs 0 months.
ODI member of Wills
Cup one-day squad
made before the tour
Parore 70, Fleming 60,
Astle 46, McMillan 31, Vettori
31, O’Connor 18, Sinclair 13, Bell 11,
Richardson 9, Martin 7, Tuffey 6,
Franklin 2, Oram 0, Sulzberger 0, Vincent 0.
Sir Richard Hadlee (chairman), Ross Dykes, Brian McKechnie and Denis
ODI Party Announced : 20 August 2001.
The selectors named
twelve players to take part in the one-day series (Astle, Fleming, Franklin,
Harris, McMillan, Mills, Nash, Oram, Sinclair, Tuffey, Vettori, Vincent) with
two other places to be announced in September.
Sulzberger and wicket-keeper Chris Nevin were named on 6 September.
Not selected for ODIs: Adam Parore, Grant Bradburn.
From the limited-overs squad four players, Kyle Mills, Chris
Harris, Dion Nash, Chris Nevin, would return to New Zealand after the three match
: Chris Cairns
(surgery to the patella tendon of his right knee): Geoff Allott (retired),
Dion Nash (as part of his managed return to fitness).
Test tour party announced 10 September 2001.
Not selected: Matthew Horne, Chris Drum.
Stand-by: Six players were on standby
for the Test series: Paul Wiseman, Brooke Walker, Shane Bond, Chris Nevin,
Hamish Marshall, Matthew Horne.
between selection and departure from New Zealand 22 days
day selection 20 August
squad departed NZ on 11 September)
Christchurch Q Singapore
The players took part in a training camp in Christchurch as
preparation for the tour.
On 11 September the one-day team departed for Pakistan from Christchurch International
Airport at 2.00pm. The
Test players were due to fly out of New Zealand on 21 September.
Vincent, Nevin, Sulzberger, Mills and Oram would join
the squad in Pakistan from
the New Zealand 'A' tour
Skipper Stephen Fleming would also travel to Pakistan
directly from his Middlesex playing base in England
but he had not even left England
before the tour was cancelled.
While in transit in Singapore,
and waiting to depart for Karachi on the
afternoon of 12 September 2001, the team was told to remain in Singapore
for the next 48 hours.
spent in Pakistan
arrival - 14 Sep
departure - 25 Oct)
Scheduled to arrive in Karachi Friday 14 September:
Warm-up game (one-day)
PAKISTAN First Test
PAKISTAN Second Test
PAKISTAN Third Test
Scheduled to depart from Karachi for
on Thursday 25 October.
† not first-class
§ one-day international
Time spent in Pakistan before
scheduled First Test:
Test appearances on
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to New Zealand
Singapore Q Christchurch
Because of the situation developing in Afghanistan,
New Zealand Cricket decided to bring the team home. They left Singapore on the evening of 13 September and
arrived back in Christchurch
at 10.50 am the following morning.
away from New Zealand 3
to 14 September)
There were no financial implications for New Zealand of
cancelling the tour because an act of war was involved and that would not
affect financial guarantees. However,
the cancellation cost the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) approx $5 million
through lost title sponsorships, television rights and ground hoardings.
Next tour of Pakistan
The tour was rescheduled later in the 2001-02 season (April/May 2002).