The UK will decide whether to withdraw from Pakistan’s next tour this weekend after New Zealand cancels three ODIs and five T20s due to government security warnings.
An ECB spokesperson said: We are in contact with our security team in Pakistan to fully understand the situation.
“The ECB Board then decides in the next 24-48 hours whether to continue the planned tour.”
England will play two T20s between October 13th and 14th before competing in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
I decided before the tour started, but I couldn’t do it in New Zealand. Blackcaps has announced the cancellation of the tour on the day the first match was scheduled.
Pakistan expressed disappointment with the decision, claiming that it had “taken absolute security measures for all visiting teams.”
The PCB said the Prime Ministers of both countries said the Pakistani government did its best to ensure that New Zealand was “no security threat of any kind”, while New Zealand Cricket “had an escalation in New Zealand. “. “The New Zealand Government’s threat level to Pakistan,” he said, and received further warnings from “the NZC security advisors in the field.”
CEO David White admits that this decision “will be a blow to the great host PCB, but we believe that player safety is a top priority and this is the only responsible option.” I did.
The Pakistani statement added: “The security authorities of the NZ team are happy with the security arrangements while the Pakistani government is staying here. The PCB is ready to continue the scheduled match, but cricket in Pakistan and around the world. Enthusiasts will be disappointed with this last-minute withdrawal. “
This represents an important setback for Pakistani cricket, which has taken a tentative step towards normality after a decade of absence.
After the 2009 terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus outside Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, no international matches were allowed in the country.
The PCB was forced to stage a “home” match in the UAE and did not host the match in Pakistan until 2015 when Zimbabwe traveled to Pakistan for a limited overtour. Test cricket is back in 2019 and Sri Lanka has agreed to two test tours.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) was important to attracting international players and rebuilding confidence in the country’s ability to safely host matches. However, the 2017 PSL final was also hit by withdrawal. Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tamari Mills all refused to travel to Karachi.
Other prominent players have previously expressed concerns about security during international tours.
England was touring India during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, killing 166 people. After the last two ODIs were canceled and temporarily returned, England returned to participate in a test series transferred from Mumbai and Ahmedabad to Chennai and Mohari.
In 2016, Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales refused to travel to Bangladesh months after the terrorist attack in Dhaka. That decision was not universally endorsed, especially because of Morgan’s role as whiteball captain.
Morgan quoted the traumatic experience of playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2010 Indian Premier League. He was involved in an attack that injured 14 people outside of China’s Wammy Stadium. He was also playing in the Dhaka Super League when violence rocked Bangladesh during local elections.
Currently, due to Covid’s restrictions, winter ashes are also lacking in clarity, and the T20 World Cup, with England’s first match scheduled for October 23, will be on the list of England matches for the rest of the year. The only certainty.