LONDON: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Rameez Raja said on Tuesday that England felt “used and then bound” after canceling a white ball tour for their men’s and women’s teams next month.
England on Monday canceled a tour of their men’s and women’s teams to Pakistan next month, citing the players’ “mental and physical fitness”. The decision came after New Zealand abruptly canceled the tour due to “security” concerns.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cited “growing concerns about travel to the region” when New Zealand also withdrew from the tour due to security concerns.
However, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner confirmed that the decision was taken by the ECB on the basis of the welfare of the players.
The first tour of Pakistan by the England men since 2005 was to last only four days, with two Twenty20 matches in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14.
The two women’s T20 matches were scheduled for the same day as the three women’s one-day internationals with double headers will be held in the same city.
There has been a strong reaction to the evacuation in Pakistan.
Pakistan traveled to England last year at a time when the rate of covid 19 infections in the UK was the highest in the world for a three-match Test and T20 series, which saved the ECB millions in television rights deals. Was
“It’s a feeling of being used and being made again. That’s the feeling I have right now,” Raja told reporters.
“After the withdrawal of New Zealand, a little shaking of hands, a little care was needed and we did not get from England what is very disappointing.
“We are deviating from our path to meet international requirements. As such a responsible member of the cricket community, we get a response from the ECB that the players were afraid of being evicted from New Zealand. what is the meaning? ? “
‘No one feels humiliated’
New Zealand officials refused to give details of a security threat that forced them to abruptly cancel their matches.
The deadly 2009 attack on a Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore saw Pakistan become a destination for international teams.
In 2012 and 2015, Pakistan hosted England in the United Arab Emirates, who have played most of their “home” since the attack.
Rapid improvements in security in recent years have led to the return of international cricket, with Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh touring over the past six years.
“I share the deep sorrow of cricket fans that England will not visit Pakistan in October,” Turner said in a video post on Twitter. It was the decision of the ECB, which is independent of the British government and based on the concerns of the players’ welfare.
The British High Commission supported the visit, did not advise against it on security grounds, and did not change our travel advice to Pakistan.
The series was to be part of England’s men’s preparations ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
But many of their star players will be free to play in the final stages of the lucrative Indian Premier League, which will also be hosted in the United Arab Emirates if their side reaches the knockout stage.
Raja added, “You are referring to fatigue and stress and fear of the players and they are very happy that the one and a half hour flight from here before the World Cup is closed in a bubble atmosphere and the tournament continues.”
“Some feel humiliated, some feel humiliated because there is no answer to give up.”
The ECB’s decision has also drawn strong criticism at home.
Former England Test captain Michael Atherton wrote in The Times: “He had the opportunity to repay the loan, his honor and to stand with the cricketing nation that has gone through challenges that no one else could have imagined. ۔ “
“Instead, quoting a one-sided statement, he did the wrong thing.”