Pakistan cricket team, who are currently in New Zealand for a two-match Test series, has been escorted off their hotel in Nelson after an earthquake of 7.4 magnitude struck Christchurch and adjoining areas on Sunday.
According to reports, the squad was escorted out of their hotel and no casualties have been reported so far.
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There are reports of aftershocks in the area and Pakistani players will be waiting in a designated safe zone until it is safe to go back inside their hotel.
“We are currently at Nelson and were scheduled to leave for Christchurch today morning but couldn’t depart due to the earthquake,” Waseem Bari, Manager Pakistan Cricket Team said while speaking to the Express News. The manager went on to say that the Pakistan Embassy contacted the team members and offered support.
Members of the Pakistani Women Team, who are also in New Zealand for a five-match ODI series, were also safe, Bari quoted the Pakistani embbassy officials as saying.
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The Misbahul Haq-led side are scheduled to play their first Test in Christchurch on November 17.
Christchurch is the biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island. A 6.3 quake there in February 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread damage. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from Monday’s quake.