England players’ body denies involvement in cancellation of Pak tour
The Team England Player Partnership (TEPP), represented by Richard Bevan has clarified that neither the body nor any individual player was involved in making the decision that led to the cancellation of England’s tour of Pakistan.
“At no stage did TEPP inform the ECB that the players would not be touring and at no stage has the ECB ever asked TEPP or the teams, men and women, whether the tour should go ahead or whether players were prepared to tour Pakistan,” Bevan told ESPNcricinfo.
He added that it was 100 percent incorrect to suggest TEPP intervened to say the players would not tour.
Earlier, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had asserted that the tour had been cancelled over player’s welfare and concerns, days after New Zealand cricket team withdrew from their tour.
Unlike the security threats shared by the New Zealand, the ECB cited “increasing concerns about travelling to the region” and “further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted Covid environments”.
Later, in an interview with a Pakistani TV channel, British High Commissioner Christian Turner claimed that the government of the United Kingdom and the he himself had no role to play in the ECB’s decision.
It was the decision of the ECB to cancel the tour due to the concerns shared by a group of players, he declared in the interview.
England on Monday withdrew form their upcoming tour of Pakistan, following New Zealand.
The development came as shock for Pakistani cricketing circles as the country took a decade to recover from what it had experienced after 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.
England was supposed to tour Pakistan after 15 years. Last time, the English players travelled to Pakistan in 2005, to play series based on Test matches and One-Day Internationals (ODIs).