Pakistan players left shaken by earthquake

Mickey Arthur has revealed that Pakistan players slept in a team room as they were too scared to return to their rooms after an earthquake struck in New Zealand this week.

Rescue operations are in progress after two people were killed when a quake rumbled early on Monday morning local time on the South Island.

Pakistan start their Test series against the Black Caps in Christchurch on Thursday and were staying in a hotel in Nelson when the quake hit.

"Everything just started shaking, we were on the sixth and seventh floor of the hotel," said Pakistan head coach Arthur.

"It was pretty scary, the boys all raced downstairs and most of the guys actually slept downstairs in the team room because they were too scared to go back to their rooms."

The South African added: "We haven't bowled a ball yet, only been in the indoor centre and gee, earthquake and a tsunami warning so it's all happened for us hasn't it. Really turned it on here in New Zealand!"

The first Test at Hagley Oval is set to go ahead as planned despite the events on Monday.

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