Another Blow to Pakistan Cricket as England Cancel Its Tour after New Zealand


England’s men and women cricket team were scheduled to play a T20 series in Pakistan next month.

By The Newster

Pakistan Cricket Captain Babar Azam and PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja (Pic: @cricketpakcompk/Twitter)

England becomes the second cricket team to withdraw its cricket team from Pakistan. Few days ago, New Zealand had called off its tour against Pakistan citing Security issues in the country.

England’s men and women cricket team were scheduled to play a T20 series in Pakistan next month.

The English and Wales Cricket’s decision came days after New Zealand abandoned cricket match series following government’s alter over a possible attack outside Rawalpindi Stadium.

Newly appointed chairman of PCB Ramiz Raja expressed disappointment with ECW’s decision calling it a wake-up call for Pakistan. Raja took to twitter to express his disappointment with the English Cricket Team. Raja said, “Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most. Survive we will inshallah. A wake-up call for Pak team to become the best team in the world for teams to line up to play them without making excuses.”

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England has not played a single match in Pakistan since 2005, while its women team were visiting the country for the first time. Women team were scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20s.

Most of the cricket teams did not play in Pakistan since 2009 when Sri Lankan cricket team were attacked.

Disappointment to Pakistan Cricket

“We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship.  We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022”, said English cricket in a statement.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam also expressed his disappointment in his tweet and said, “Extremely disappointed on the abrupt postponement of the series, which could have brought the smiles back for millions of Pak Cricket Fans. I’ve full trust in the capabilities and credibility of our security agencies. They are our pride and always will be! Pakistan Zindabad!”

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