England vs New Zealand 2021
Training canceled at Grace Road after bomb warning at NZ hotel
The third ODI of the series between England and New Zealand is set to take place in Leicester despite a security threat against the New Zealand side.
ESPNcricinfo understands that a member of the New Zealand team’s management has been contacted and informed that a bomb will be planted at the team’s hotel. It is understood that they were also warned of an attempt to plant a bomb on their plane upon their return to New Zealand.
As a result, the team was confined on Monday. The training was canceled and the police and counterterrorism agencies were called. While it appeared for a few hours that the match was going to be called off, it was subsequently decided that the threats were “not credible”.
However, some players are still apprehended, so it remains possible that the game will be canceled.
There may be some raised eyebrows on the news from Pakistan, in particular. England and New Zealand have both canceled tours to Pakistan in recent days, with the NZC citing a specific security threat, and the ECB conceding that “concerns about travel to the region” have been a factor in their withdrawal for reasons of well-being of the players. The PCB will no doubt wonder why this threat to Leicester was not considered credible while that of Pakistan was.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the UK High Commission and Security Consultants (ESI Risk) used by the ECB and NZC both considered the security protocols put in place prior to the Pakistan trip to be satisfactory.
George Dobell is Senior Correspondent at ESPNcricinfo