England cancels Pakistan tour after New Zealand pulls out

Cricket – Third Twenty20 Worldwide – England v Pakistan – Emirates Outdated Trafford, Manchester, Britain – July 20, 2021 Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan in motion. — Reuters/File

The England Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday determined to cancel its tour to Pakistan days after New Zealand had pulled its group out on the last-minute forward of its collection because of “safety” issues.

England’s women and men groups are because of play two Twenty20s in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14. The ladies’s group are additionally because of play three ODIs in Pakistan on October 17, 19, and 21.

The ECB stated it had a “longstanding dedication” to tour Pakistan as a part of the Males’s Future Excursions Programme in 2022, because it had agreed to play two further T20 World Cup warm-up video games in October, including a brief ladies’s tour with double headers alongside the boys’s video games.

“The ECB Board convened this weekend to debate these additional England Ladies’s and Males’s video games in Pakistan and we are able to verify that the Board has reluctantly determined to withdraw each groups from the October journey,” the board stated in a press release.

The board stated the “psychological and bodily well-being” of its gamers and help workers stays their highest precedence and this was much more vital given the occasions “we’re presently dwelling in”.

“We all know there are rising issues about travelling to the area and imagine that going forward will add additional stress to a enjoying group who’ve already coped with a protracted interval of working in restricted COVID environments,” the assertion stated.

Alternatively, New Zealand are set to return to the sub-continent in November to play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Take a look at matches in India, two months after abandoning their tour of Pakistan.

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