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England pull out of next month’s tour of Pakistan after New Zealand withdrew from their series

England PULL OUT of next month’s T20 tour of Pakistan after New Zealand withdrew from their series on security grounds last week

  • England’s men had been due to play two Twenty20 internationals in Rawalpindi
  • England women were scheduled to feature in five matches on the trip to Pakistan
  • But the ECB has now confirmed neither team will be touring their next month  
  • New Zealand pulled out of their white-ball series on security grounds last week


England have pulled out of their tour to Pakistan next month following New Zealand‘s hasty departure on security grounds last week.

Eoin Morgan‘s team had been due to play two Twenty20 internationals in Rawalpindi on October 14 and 15 and England women were scheduled to feature in five matches on the trip.

‘The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip,’ read a statement.

England have pulled out of their white-ball tour to Pakistan scheduled for next month

It comes following New Zealand's hasty departure on security grounds last week

It comes following New Zealand’s hasty departure on security grounds last week

‘The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our highest priority and this is even more critical given the times we are currently living in. 

‘We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted Covid environments.

‘There is the added complexity for our Men’s T20 squad. We believe that touring under these conditions will not be 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 significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. 

England women were also scheduled to feature in five matches on the trip to Pakistan

England women were also scheduled to feature in five matches on the trip to Pakistan

The matches were arranged as a thank you for Pakistan helping the ECB fulfil their Covid-hit 2020 summer

The matches were arranged as a thank you for Pakistan helping the ECB fulfil their Covid-hit 2020 summer

‘Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship. 

‘We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022.’

New PCB chairman Ramiz Raja slammed England for their decision to pull out of the tour, claiming they had ‘failed’ a member of ‘their cricket fraternity’ at the most vital moment by ‘making excuses’.

‘Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their cricket fraternity when it needed it most,’ he said.

‘Survive we will inshallah. A wake up call for Pak team to become the best team in the world for teams to line up to play them without making excuses.’

England pull out of next month's tour of Pakistan after New Zealand withdrew from their series

England have not toured Pakistan for 16 years and these matches were arranged partly as a thank you to the Pakistanis for helping the ECB fulfil their Covid-hit 2020 international summer.

However, the historic trip was cancelled a little over 72 hours after New Zealand responded to a high-level security threat aimed at their players by calling off their tour on the morning of the first ODI.

The New Zealanders’ decision to quit their tour followed information from Five Eyes, the intelligence operation of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

But the Pakistan board’s British chief executive Wasim Khan branded their actions of departing ‘at the drop of a hat and leaving us to pick up the pieces’ was disrespectful.

Prior to the ECB’s announcement, Khan said he was optimistic about England travelling.

A high-level security threat aimed at Kiwi players saw their tour called off on the morning of the first ODI

A high-level security threat aimed at Kiwi players saw their tour called off on the morning of the first ODI

‘We know what the guidance is, we know from a security perspective there’s a clean bill of health. We certainly hope England tour. 

‘We certainly believe they should be coming and hope they will be coming, based on what the competent authority in Islamabad and the security expert (ESI Security) is saying,’ he said in a virtual press conference.

‘The same security expert who provided the guidance for the ECB to go to Bangladesh, six weeks after the bomb blast that killed 12 people [in 2016] – so there’s a lot of trust put into this security expert who is understood and respected around the world. We certainly hope when the board meets, the ECB will decide to send their team to Pakistan for this short tour.’

England’s withdrawal is the latest blow to a country who lost international tours in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, and had just welcomed Test cricket back prior to the Covid pandemic.

Wasim Khan (right) branded their actions of departing 'at the drop of a hat' as disrespectful

Wasim Khan (right) branded their actions of departing ‘at the drop of a hat’ as disrespectful

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