The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), after a long period of silence has officially apologised for canceling Pakistan’s scheduled tour, assuring that English cricket team will tour Pakistan next year in 2022.
Chairman ECB Ian Watmore stated: “I’m very sorry to anyone who feels hurt or let down by our decision, particularly in Pakistan […] the decision the board made was an extremely difficult one and the board made it with the primary consideration being the welfare and mental health of our players and staff.”
The ECB head reiterated that England would commit to a full tour next winter, which would include three Tests and five one-day internationals.
“We will get on with planning that. We will have longer to plan that trip,” he stated.
He acknowledged that the board made the decision to withdraw from the series “on its own judgement” and without consulting the players.
According to Watmore, the ECB has committed to a proper, rescheduled tour of Pakistan next year”.
He further added “We will get on with planning that. We will have longer to plan that trip,” he stated.
He further defended his decision by stating, “I don’t know if you read President Biden’s mind, but I didn’t know he was going to evacuate Afghanistan or that New Zealand would pull out of their tour while effectively warming up on the pitch.”
Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of Information, hailed the ECB’s decision to visit Pakistan for a full tour next year. In his recent tweet, Fawad mentioned that it is a big success of our stance. He has further mentioned that “Pakistan has emerged as strong and resilient nation.”
Previously, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja stated that the ECB chairman has agreed to travel to Pakistan next year after withdrawing from the 2021 series.
He had stated that Watmore had failed to provide him with a satisfactory explanation when Raja had asked him whether the situation would alter again next year and if England would opt out of that series as well on the grounds of players’ mental well-being and security.
England was supposed to tour Pakistan in October but they withdraw from the tour after the New Zealand Cricket team pulled out of the tour just moments before the first one-day international match.