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England captain Knight admits Pakistan cancellation was made “above our heads”

England captain Heather Knight is hopeful that her side will tour Pakistan in the future, after the ECB cancelled their upcoming trip

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England captain Heather Knight has said the decision to cancel the upcoming joint men’s and women’s tour of Pakistan was made “above our heads” and “taken out of our hands”.

The ECB released a statement on Monday, citing the “mental and physical well-being of our players” as the chief reason behind the cancellation.

However, Knight’s comments suggest the players had very little input on the decision.

Speaking after her side lost the third ODI against New Zealand by three wickets, Knight said: “We found yesterday that the board had made the decision for us not to go and it’s above our heads a little bit.



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“I think the conversation and the communication between the board and PCA is a strong one, and it was a tricky situation with what had gone on with New Zealand.

“I think taking it out of our hands is probably the right thing to do and, and that was done with a view to try and look after the players.

“It’s for the people above us to make those decisions and for us to get on with them and accept wherever they are.









“Hopefully, sometime in the future we’ll be able to go. I do think it is important for them, particularly in women’s cricket with what’s going on in the region.”

Knight had previously spoken effusively about the prospect of leading the first ever England women’s team to visit Pakistan.

“I personally think it would be a good thing for us to go to Pakistan,” Knight said. “It would be a huge thing as the first ever England women’s side to go and tour there.

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Jos Buttler has said he hopes that England’s scheduled tour of Pakistan in 2022 goes ahead




“I think it would be a really strong message if us as female cricketers were to go and play women’s sport in that region.”

Jos Buttler, meanwhile, has expressed his sympathy for Pakistan fans and players after the cancellation.

He told the Mirror: “You feel for the people of Pakistan and the players who want to welcome teams back and have cricket in their home country.

“I’ve spoken to a few of the guys in the Pakistan Super League who have thoroughly enjoyed playing there and it is unfortunate this time that it is not quite right and the board made their decision.

“I do hope that the tour that is due to go ahead in 2022 is one that gets England back playing in Pakistan and I am able to play cricket there for the first time in my career.”


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