male and female tour from England to Pakistan canceled by ECB | Cricket News
The England and Wales men’s and women’s joint tour of Pakistan next month has been canceled, the England and Wales Cricket Council has announced.
The men’s matches, which were to serve as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, were to be played in Rawalpindi on October 13-14.
The English women were also scheduled to play two T20 matches against Pakistan on the same dates as the men.
An ECB statement read: “The ECB has a long-standing commitment to tour Pakistan as part of the Men’s Future Tours program in 2022.
“Earlier this year, we agreed to play two more warm-up matches for the T20 World Cup in Pakistan in October, adding a short women’s tour with double heads alongside the men’s matches.
« The ECB board met this weekend to discuss these extra matches for women and men in England in Pakistan and we can confirm that the board reluctantly decided to withdraw both October trip teams.
“We can confirm that the board reluctantly decided to remove both teams from the October trip. »
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“The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our top priority and this is even more critical given the times we live in today. We know there is growing concern about travel in the region and believe it is adding additional pressure to a playgroup that has already faced a long period of operation in restricted Covid environments.
“There is additional complexity for our T20 men’s team. We believe that touring under these conditions will not be an ideal preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where performing well remains a top priority for 2021.
“We understand that this decision will be a major disappointment for the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to welcome the return of international cricket to their country. Their support for English and Welsh cricket over the past two summers has been a huge show of friendship. We sincerely apologize for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasize continued commitment to our major touring plans there for 2022. ”
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