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Pakistan cricket teams safe after New Zealand earthquake

NELSON: The Pakistan cricket team which is currently on a tour of New Zealand was left shocked after a powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the nation late Sunday. 

The men cricket team was evacuated from their hotel in Nelson and was sent to an open field area. The third day of a warm-up match has been abandoned.

ARY News Sport Correspondent Shahid Hashmi who is also currently in Nelson with the Pakistan cricket team confirmed that both the men and women cricket teams are safe.

READ MORE: Powerful 7.4 magnitude quake rattles New Zealand: USGS

He said that team manager Waseem Bari had informed him that team was scared but was now back in the hotel safely. He said that it is past midnight in Nelson and the team is scheduled to travel to Christchurch on Monday.

The women cricket team is currently in Lincoln and will travel to Nelson. Earlier New Zealand women won the third one-day international  by eight wickets. Coach Basit Ali has confirmed that the women cricket team is safe after the earthquake.

Pakistan men will play the first Test in Christchurch from 17-21 November.

The US Geological Survey said that a powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand. The shallow tremor hit just after 11:00 pm local time (1000 GMT), some 90 kilometres (57 miles) from the South Island city of Christchurch.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a warning following the quake and there were no immediate reports of casualties.



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