- England men were to play two Twenty20 Internationals in Rawalpindi
- England women were to appear in five matches on the tour of Pakistan
- But the ECB has now confirmed that neither team will tour their next month.
- New Zealand withdrew from their white-ball series last week on security grounds
England withdrew from their tour of Pakistan next month after New Zealand’s hasty departure for security reasons last week.
Eoin Morgan’s team was to play two Twenty20 Internationals in Rawalpindi on 14 and 15 October and the England women were to take part in five matches on the tour.
“The ECB Board convened this weekend in Pakistan to discuss these additional England women’s and men’s games and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly withdrawn both teams from their October trip,” a statement said. have decided to take it.”
England withdrew from their white-ball tour of Pakistan to be held next month
This comes after New Zealand hastened last week on security grounds
‘The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our top priority and is even more important in the time we live in.
‘We know there are growing concerns about travel to the region and believe moving forward will add further pressure to a sporting group that has already faced prolonged operations in a restricted COVID environment.
“There is an added complication for our men’s T20 team. We believe that touring in these circumstances would not be ideal preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where performing well is a top priority for 2021.
‘We understand that this decision will be a great disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their home country.
England women were also to participate in five matches on the tour of Pakistan.
The matches were organized as a thanksgiving to Pakistan, which helped the ECB meet the ECB in the summer of 2020.
‘His support of English and Welsh cricket over the past two summers has been a great show of friendship.
‘We sincerely regret the impact this has had on cricket in Pakistan and emphasize our continued commitment to our core travel plans for 2022.’
New PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has slammed England for their decision to pull out of the tour, claiming they have ‘failed’ a member of their cricket fraternity ‘at the most crucial moment’ by using ‘excuses’.
“Frustrated with England, backing down on commitment and failing a member of our cricket fraternity when it needed it most,” he said.
‘Stay alive we will inshallah. A wake-up call for Pak team to become the best team in the world, for teams to line up to play them without making any excuses.
England have not toured Pakistan for 16 years and these matches were held partly thanks to the Pakistanis who helped the ECB complete their Covid-hit 2020 international summer.
However, the historic tour was canceled a little more than 72 hours later when New Zealand responded to a high-level security threat aimed at their players by canceling their tour on the morning of the first ODI.
The New Zealanders decided to abandon their tour after receiving information about intelligence operations from Five Eyes, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
But Wasim Khan, the British chief executive of the Pakistan Board, called his actions “at the drop of a hat and leaving us to pick up the pieces” as humiliating.
Ahead of the ECB’s announcement, Khan said he was looking forward to the tour of England.
A high-level security threat aimed at Kiwi players forced their tour to be canceled on the morning of the first ODI
‘We know what the guidance is, we know there’s a clean bill of health from a safety standpoint. We are definitely looking forward to the tour of England.
“We certainly believe that they should come and hope that they will come on the basis of competent authority and security expert (ESI security) in Islamabad,” he said in a virtual press conference.
‘The same security expert who guided the ECB to go to Bangladesh, six weeks after the bombing that killed 12 people [in 2016] – That’s why there is a lot of trust in this security expert, who is understood and respected around the world. We certainly hope that when the board meets, the ECB will decide to send their team to Pakistan for this short tour.
England’s return is the latest setback for the country, which lost international tours after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, and welcomed Test cricket before the Covid pandemic.
Wasim Khan (right) calls his actions outrageous to depart ‘at the drop of a hat’