England had recently canceled their tour of Pakistan citing security reasons. England’s men’s and women’s teams were to tour England for a limited overs series, but days after New Zealand refused to play in Pakistan at the last minute, England also decided not to send their teams to Pakistan. This decision of England was widely criticized in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has broken its silence for the first time after canceling its tour of Pakistan. ECB chairman Ian Whatmore has apologized to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the cancellation of the men’s and women’s team’s tour of Pakistan. The English board has also assured that the board will tour next year for a series of three Tests and five ODIs.
Announcement of ECB to visit Pakistan next year is a welcome step,I would like to thank stars of cricket world, diplomatic community, Media And Cricket lovers around the world on their support for Pakistan Cricket, yet again Pak has emerged as strong and resilient nation
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 29, 2021
Whatmore told The Telegraph, ‘I am deeply sorry for those who feel hurt or disappointed by our decision, especially in Pakistan. The decision taken by the board was very difficult, but it took this decision keeping in mind the safety and mental health of its players and staff.
ECB chairman Ian Watmore apologises for any hurt caused by England’s withdrawal from their tour of Pakistan, saying they’ll do everything they can to make sure next year’s tour happens.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 29, 2021
Whatmore acknowledged that the board had not consulted the players before making its decision. He said, “The board took the decision on the basis of its decision. Had we decided to go ahead with the tour, we would have had to propose to the players, but it didn’t get there. We have recommended a proper tour, a scheduled tour of Pakistan next year and we will go ahead with the plan. We will take more time to plan that tour.
England was to tour Pakistan for the first time since 2005-06. England’s men’s team was to play two T20 matches on the Pakistan tour, while the women’s team was to play two T20s and three ODIs. Earlier, New Zealand had also refused to play in Pakistan shortly before the first ODI citing security reasons and canceled the tour.