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After New Zealand, England cancels Pakistan cricket tour


England cricketers were pulled from a trip to Pakistan to play limited matches next month, triggering an angry backlash from the rejected host nation on Monday.

We know there is growing concern about travel to the region, the ECB said, and believe moving forward will add further pressure to a group of players who have already faced a long period of time. ‘operating in restricted COVID environments.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja said he was ‘disappointed with England’, adding on Twitter that the British were pulling out of their engagement and dropping a member of their cricket fraternity when they did. most needed.

England’s men’s and women’s teams were scheduled to play Twenty20 matches at Rawalpindi next month.
The England men haven’t played an international in Pakistan since 2005, when the women were due to visit for the first time. They had to play three ODIs as well as two T20s.

Pakistan was a no-go area for international cricketers for a decade after terrorists attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009. The ambush killed seven people and injured several Sri Lankan cricketers .

International teams resumed their tours in Pakistan in 2019.

The ECB made a decision after a board meeting this weekend. His statement did not directly detail specific security concerns.

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The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our top priority and this is even more critical given the times we live in, “said the ECB.

Another complexity, the ECB said, was the harm a trip to Pakistan could do to the men’s team’s preparations for the T20 World Cup which kicks off later in October.

We understand that this decision will be a major disappointment for the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to welcome the return of international cricket to their country, ”the statement said.

“Their support for English and Welsh cricket over the past two summers has been a huge show of friendship. We sincerely apologize for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and underline a continued commitment to our major tour plans there for 2022.