England cricket chiefs on Monday (Sept 20) withdrew their men’s and women’s,
teams from next month’s white-ball series in Pakistan citing “increasing concerns
about travelling to the region” in a bitter blow to the South Asian nation.
England’s men were due to play two Twenty20 matches and the women’s team five
games. England has not toured Pakistan since 2005.
An ECB statement said: “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 in the UAE in October and November, where performing
well remains a top priority for 2021.”
The move was inevitable after New Zealand cancelled their trip to Pakistan last
Friday shortly before the scheduled toss in the first one-day international.