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Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has revealed it will be extremely tough for cricketers to play in the 4th ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi later today after yesterday’s tragedy in Peshawar, where the terrorists killed more than 130 children.
“It is a national tragedy and a barbaric act. Playing the match is going to be very difficult. How do you play a match when your spirit is not in the game? That is our state of mind right now. When Phil Hughes died it shocked every one of us and we postponed a day’s play in the Test match against New Zealand,” he told in an interview to Geo TV.
“It would not be a bad idea to postpone this game as well,” said the 37-year-old Younus. It was said that the players will observe a minute silence before Wednesday’s match and will wear black armbands.
More than 130 students and nine staff members died on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school and opened fire in one of the most horrifying acts of terrorism that has rocked Pakistan.
Team manager Moin Khan said that their minds and hearts are with those kids and are in no mood of playing. New Zealand Cricket took twitter to stand by Pakistan when the massacre has rocked the nation.
Shahid Afridi led Pakistan, lead the five-match series 2-1 after winning the first match in Dubai and the third in Sharjah. New Zealand won the second game, also played in Sharjah.