The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has opted to pull out of their tour to Pakistan, which was scheduled to be held in October. England stated that players’ mental well-being is their major reason behind pulling out of their tour. The recent development hasn’t gone down well with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PCB expressed its displeasure on the same and criticized ECB’s move to pull out of the tour.
Recently, New Zealand too pulled out of the entire Pakistan tour minutes before the start of the first ODI of the series. Several Pakistan former and current cricketers expressed their unhappiness over ECB’s decision. Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam was gutted with ECB’s decision but hoped for the betterment of Pakistan’s cricket in the coming days.
“Disappointed, yet again. We have always tried to accommodate the interests of the game but others simply don’t. We have come a long way in our cricketing journey and it will only get better with time. We will not only survive but thrive as well. In insha’Allah,” he tweeted.
PCB chairman, Ramiz Raza wasn’t too happy either. He also expressed his disappointment with ECB’s decision. Several other prominent Pakistan personalities such as Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Amir, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik took to Twitter and backed Pakistan to come good in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The ECB recently released a statement on Monday calling off its Men’s and Women’s tour of Pakistan. “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,” read a part of the statement.
The Board further added that the physical and mental well-being of its players will remain their highest priority.
“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,” it said. Earlier, NZC abandoned their tour citing security threats as the reason.”