The British government has not instructed the England and Wales Cricket Board to cancel the tour of Pakistan for its men’s and women’s teams for security reasons, with the UK High Commissioner promising to “double” efforts to host the 2020 T20 series here.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner said the ECP had automatically decided to cancel the T20 tour next month and he shared the “deep sadness” of Pakistan fans.
“This is a decision made by the ECP, an independent from the British government, based on concerns for Blair’s interests,” Turner said in a video on his Twitter page.
“The British High Commission supported this tour and did not advise against it on security grounds. Our travel advice to Pakistan has not changed.”
The ECP withdrew its men’s and women’s teams from the Pakistan tour on Monday. It attributed the decision to the fatigue of the players ahead of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Turner said he would like to make sure the UK tours Pakistan later next year.
“I was a champion in international cricket returning to Pakistan and I will double my efforts ahead of the England 2020 tour in the fall.
My thanks to all the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) who worked hard in support of it. I hope the roar of the entire cricket arena will be heard soon. In the end, cricket will win.
After New Zealand withdrew from the limited overs series in Pakistan on Friday due to security threats, the first tour by the England women’s team and their male counterparts since 2005 has been suspected.
The training men’s tournament for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates is scheduled to take place on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi.
The England women had planned to play two T20 matches in the men’s two-day series against Pakistan.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Rameez Raja has slammed the England decision after New Zealand decided to drop their job just minutes before the one-day international in Rawalpindi.
“I was very disappointed with the UK’s exit, but this western block is unfortunately trying to come together and support each other,” Raja said in a video message on Tuesday.
“Our target was one team, our neighbors (India), now add two more teams, New Zealand and England,” he added.