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England officially pulled out Pakistan tour

England ofiicially pulled Pakistan tour

England cricket board has officially pulled out of their men's and women's tours of Pakistan scheduled in October, and the ECB confirmed on Monday (September 20). designed comes just three days after New Zealand abandoned their limited-overs time of Pakistan in the 11th hour, citing the security concerns.

An official ECB statement said.

"Earlier this year, we came to an agreement to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up matches in Pakistan in October, adding a short women's tour with double headers along with the men's games,"

"The ECB Board congregate this weekend to discuss these extra England Women's and Men's matches in Pakistan and we can authenticate that the Board has disinclined and withdraw both teams from the October tour."

Doubts over the tour began to assort up following New Zealand's conclusion. After a board meeting in the weekend, ECB had to conclude not touring Pakistan, prioritizing the players, and supporting staff's physical and mental well-being, under a lot of stress in bio-bubble and covid environments on trips.

"The physical and mental stability of our players and support staff remains our foremost priority, and this is even more condemnatory given the times we are currently living in. We know there are increasing concerns about traveling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further compulsion to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in constricted Covid environments.

The board also felt the tour of Pakistan would not be ideal for the men's T20 World Cup, which will hold from October 14 in Oman and UAE.

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"There is the added difficulty for our Men's T20 squad. We believe that touring under this environment will not be ideal for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, where implementation remains a top priority for 2021.

The ECB recognized PCB's efforts in regaining regularity as far as hosting high-profile international cricket in the country is perturbed and offered their sincere apologies for their unfortunate decision. They also re-affirmed their dedication to touring there in 2022.

"We understand that this settlement will be a vital disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the restoration of international cricket in their country. Their back of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a immense demonstration of friendship. We are genuinely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing allegiance to our main touring plans there for 2022."

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