The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said that they are going to tackle a name on their scheduled tour of Pakistan in October within the subsequent 24-48 hours, after reviewing the safety state of affairs.
ECB’s assertion got here after New Zealand pulled out of their tour of Pakistan on Friday, forward of the primary ODI, citing a safety risk.
England’s women and men groups are presupposed to attributable to play two T20Is in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14. The ladies workforce is scheduled to play three ODIs as properly. Nonetheless, after New Zealand’s choice to desert their tour of Pakistan, ECB conceded that they’re having a re-look at their plans.
“We’re conscious of New Zealand’s choice to drag out of the Pakistan tour attributable to a safety alert. We’re liaising with our safety workforce who’re on the bottom in Pakistan to completely perceive the state of affairs. The ECB Board will then resolve within the subsequent 24-48 hours whether or not our deliberate tour ought to proceed,” an ECB spokesperson was quoted as saying in an ESPN Cricinfo report.
The worrying facet for Pakistan is that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the ECB use the identical safety consultants – ESI Threat.
Earlier within the day, NZC surprised Pakistan followers and cricketers by releasing an announcement to substantiate that they’re quitting the tour attributable to safety causes.
“Following an escalation within the New Zealand Authorities risk ranges for Pakistan, and recommendation from NZC safety advisors on the bottom, it has been determined the BLACKCAPS won’t proceed with the tour,” NZC’s official assertion learn.
The Kiwis had been slated to play three ODIs and 5 T20Is as a part of their tour, beginning with the primary ODI in Rawalpindi on Friday.
“Which world is NZ dwelling in” – Ramiz Raja hits out at New Zealand for abandoning Pakistan tour
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja lashed out at New Zealand Cricket for deciding to drag out of the Pakistan tour on Friday even earlier than a ball may very well be bowled within the sequence. Venting his frustration on Twitter, Raja warned that PCB will strategy the ICC over New Zealand’s choice.
“Loopy day it has been! Really feel so sorry for the followers and our gamers. Strolling out of the tour by taking a unilateral strategy on a safety risk may be very irritating. Particularly when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ dwelling in??NZ will hear us at ICC,” Raja’s tweet learn.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam additionally expressed disappointment over the developments and backed the capabilities of the nation’s safety companies.
“Extraordinarily dissatisfied on the abrupt postponement of the sequence, which might have introduced the grins again for hundreds of thousands of Pakistan Cricket Followers. I’ve full belief within the capabilities and credibility of our safety companies. They’re our delight and at all times can be! Pakistan Zindabad!,” Azam tweeted.
New Zealand arrived in Pakistan for the primary time since 2003 for the now-abandoned tour. Again in 2002, the Kiwis had stop the Take a look at sequence in Pakistan after a suicide bomb assault exterior their Karachi lodge.