“Earlier this year, we agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, and added a short women’s tour with dual titles to the men’s games,” an official ECB statement said.
“The ECB board met this weekend to discuss these extra England women’s and men’s games in Pakistan. We can confirm that the board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October tour.”
“We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment for the PCB. They have worked tirelessly to revive international cricket in their country. Their support for English and Welsh cricket over the past two summers has been the biggest demonstration of friendship. We truly regret the impact it will have on cricket in Pakistan in 2022. We emphasize the continued commitment to major tourism projects.
Ramis Raja, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said on Twitter that the British were “disappointed with England” and that “members of their cricket fraternity are failing when it comes to their commitment & when needed”.
The England men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to play in the Twenty20 tournament in Rawalpindi next month.