Threat aimed at NZ's touring cricketers

New Zealand's women are in the UK mid-way through a five-match ODI series against England.
New Zealand's women are in the UK mid-way through a five-match ODI series against England.

Security for Tuesday's third women's one-day international between England and New Zealand has been raised after the emergence of a "threatening email" relating to the tourists.

The game, at Leicestershire's Uptonsteel County Ground, is due to go ahead as planned with a 1pm start despite the development after the threat was investigated and judged not to be credible.

ESPNcricinfo reported that a member of the White Ferns' management team was made aware of a bomb threat against the team hotel.

A statement issued by a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said the initial warning was delivered via the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"The ECB have received a threatening email relating to NZC. Although this did not specifically reference the White Ferns it was treated seriously, investigated, and deemed not credible," a spokesperson for New Zealand said.

"The White Ferns have now arrived in Leicester and, as a precaution, security around them has been boosted."

Neither New Zealand or England were due to train at the ground on the eve of the match, meaning minimal logistical disruptions were encountered by the respective teams.

The news follows decisions by both New Zealand Cricket and the England and Wales Cricket Board to cancel tours of Pakistan in the past few days.

The New Zealand men's team left Pakistan last Friday morning, the day of their series opener in Rawalpindi, after a "specific and credible threat".

On Monday evening, England announced their withdrawal from a joint men's and women's tour to Pakistan next month.

No specific security threat was cited by the ECB, but it noted "increasing concerns about travelling to the region" among its reasons.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has already noted its disappointment with England for backing out of a trip it feels remains safe to undertake.

Heather Knight's England side lead the five-match series against New Zealand 2-0.

Australian Associated Press