‘Credible threat’: Black Caps arrive in Dubai after aborting Pakistan tour

  • NZ government security alert prompts swift exit from Pakistan
  • ‘No way we could stay in the country,’ says NZ cricket chief

New Zealand was warned of a “specific, credible threat” against its team, the country’s cricket board said on Sunday, elaborating on the rationale for abruptly abandoning the tour of Pakistan as the squad reached Dubai.

New Zealand had pulled out of the limited-overs tour on the day of the opening fixture in Rawalpindi on Friday citing a New Zealand government security alert.

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Tim Paine ‘pretty sore’ after invasive neck surgery but confident of Ashes return

  • Surgeons had to cut a hole in his throat to fix a bulging disc
  • Australia captain in race to be fit for first Test on 8 December

Australia captain Tim Paine is “extremely confident” of being fit for the first Ashes Test despite undergoing invasive neck surgery. A bulging disc had been causing the wicketkeeper pain in his neck and left arm, leading Paine to have an operation this week.

Surgeons had to cut a hole in his throat to fix the issue. The 36-year-old will rest for two weeks before commencing rehabilitation to ensure he is fit to lead Australia against England at the Gabba on 8 December.

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