England tour of Pakistan: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have called off both Men’s and Women’s upcoming tour of Pakistan scheduled next month. The board has followed the suit of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and cancelled the tour amid security reasons on Monday.
Last year Pakistan had toured England amid the COVID-19 pandemic to play three-match Test and as many T20I series. England Test skipper Joe Root had also expressed his desire to tour Pakistan for a bilateral series. Therefore the Pakistan tour was arranged as a gesture of gratitude for PCB.
However, after analysing the situation, ECB has decided to cancel the tour on what could have been England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.
ECB issued a statement that stated:
“The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip.
“The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our highest priority and this is even more critical given the times we are currently living in. We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted Covid environments.
England players to be available for IPL Playoffs
ECB pulling out of the Pakistan tour would put PCB in dismay as both Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight’s side won’t partake in the series. This also indicates that England players will be available for the play-offs of the ongoing IPL 2021 that is taking place in the UAE.
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