Was PCB anticipating England’s tour cancellation?

Cricket – First Twenty20 Worldwide – England v Pakistan – Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain – July 16, 2021 Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England’s Matt Parkinson to win the match. — Reuters/File

The England Cricket Board’s (ECB) choice to desert the Pakistan tour may need been a growth that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was anticipating because it had introduced the schedule for the Nationwide T20, which might finish on the identical date when England would have gone head-to-head with the Males In Inexperienced.

The ultimate for the nationwide cup was slated for October 13 and the primary match of the England-Pakistan sequence was scheduled to happen on the identical day — which seemingly implies that the PCB was anticipating such a choice.

On this regard, fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar, chatting with NEWSONHY Information, mentioned the choice was anticipated as, after New Zealand’s pull out, England wouldn’t tour Pakistan.

The ECB had determined to cancel its tour to Pakistan days after New Zealand had pulled its workforce out on the final minute forward of its sequence because of “safety” considerations.

Expressing remorse, ECB mentioned: “We perceive that this choice will likely be a major disappointment to the PCB”, who’ve labored tirelessly to host the return of worldwide cricket of their nation.

However, the ECB mentioned the “psychological and bodily well-being” of its gamers and assist workers stays their highest precedence, and this was much more vital given the instances “we’re presently residing in”.

Responding to the event, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja mentioned he was disenchanted with England after the nation’s cricket board determined to again out of a scheduled October sequence.

“Disenchanted with England, pulling out of their dedication & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it wanted it most,” the PCB chairman mentioned in a tweet.

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