Another difficulty has come in front of Pakistan cricket. England has postponed the tour of Pakistan for its women’s and men’s team to be held in October. The England and Wales Cricket Board gave this information on Monday (September 20). Three days ago, New Zealand had canceled their limited overs series against Pakistan at the last minute. The team had refused to take the field citing security reasons. A statement issued by the ECB said, ‘Earlier this year, we agreed to play matches in Pakistan for preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup. Apart from this, the women’s team also had to tour Pakistan with the men’s team. “The ECB met this weekend and decided to withdraw the men’s and women’s team from the tour of Pakistan in October,” the ECB said. It was only after New Zealand canceled their tour due to security reasons that questions were raised about the tour of England. In this weekend’s meeting, the ECB decided that the teams would not tour Pakistan. The board has taken this decision giving priority to the physical and mental health of the players and support staff. Due to the environment of Corona and Bio-bubble, the health of the players is being affected badly. A statement issued by the board said, ‘The mental health of our players and support staff will always remain a top priority for us. And in the current circumstances it becomes even more important. We know that there are a lot of concerns about visiting this area and we feel that if we go on this tour, there will be more pressure on the team. They are already under a lot of pressure living in a controlled corona environment. The board also feels that this tour is not a proper preparation for the T20 World Cup. The World Cup will start from October 14 in Oman and UAE. The ECB said, ‘We understand that this decision must have brought great disappointment to the PCB. The PCB is working tirelessly for the return of international cricket in its country. The support he gave to the England and Wales Cricket Board in the last two seasons is a great proof of friendship. We sincerely apologize for the impact this has had on Pakistan and emphasize our commitment to our main tour in 2022.
[Attribution to NBT]