The New Zealand group, after its authorities cited “safety considerations”, pulled out of its tour of Pakistan final Friday, simply moments earlier than the primary ODI match started.
Whereas the group was within the nation, it was supplied the identical degree of safety which was organized for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth Middleton, once they toured Pakistan in October 2019.
The group’s pull out invited widespread criticism from not solely the Pakistan Cricket Board and several other cricketers, but in addition authorities ministers, amongst whom was Minister for Inside Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.
The minister went as far as to comment that the military of New Zealand just isn’t as massive because the safety the nation’s cricket group was supplied by Pakistan.
He mentioned that with the intention to guarantee foolproof safety of the international group and matches, Pakistan had not solely deployed 4,000 policemen but in addition commandos from Pakistan Military’s Particular Providers Group (SSG) and Pak Military troopers.
This has generated curiosity as to how massive the New Zealand military actually is.
In response to the official website of the the New Zealand Defence Power (NZDF), the Common Power in addition to the Reserve Forces whole 12,424 troopers.
Of the common troopers, 4,848 belong to the Military, 2,541 to the Air Power and a couple of,334 to the Navy, totalling 9,723.
The reserve troopers quantity to 2,701, of which 1,864 are within the Military, 302 are within the Air Power and 535 within the Navy.