Cricket News: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday that it will not participate in the next Pakistan trip. They justified their choice by citing the players’ physical and mental well-being. Meanwhile, the PCB has expressed its discontent with the ECB’s decision and has criticised it. New Zealand abruptly ended their tour of Pakistan just minutes before the first One-Day International in Rawalpindi.
Notably, the ECB’s decision has angered Pakistani supporters as well as some cricketers. Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistani squad, expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision via Twitter. “Yet again, I’m disappointed. We’ve always attempted to accommodate the game’s interests, while others simply do not. Our cricketing journey has come a long way, and it will only become better with time. We shall not only survive, but also thrive. Insha’Allah,” he wrote on Twitter.
In addition to him, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja expressed his views. Former bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Amir, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and others have encouraged Pakistan to make a comeback and compete in the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2021, which begins next month.
Take a look at the tweets here:
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 20, 2021
It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Unfortunately we live in a world where terror threats haunt sports and entertainment in every single country. But I would much rather play cricket in a country that is prepared for anything than one that isn’t.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 21, 2021
– Sad news for Pakistan cricket, just stay strong…
We will be back stronger, inshAllah!
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) September 20, 2021
Extremely disappointed by @ECB_cricket weak decision of pulling out #PAKvENG tour,but having said that the path was led by NZ which brought us to this state.But I know Pakistan and Pakistan cricket will RISE again and again.Stay strong @TheRealPCB Pakistan 🇵🇰 Zindabad
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) September 20, 2021
It's time to win the World Cup,it's time to have Pakistan's biggest ever PSL season at home, its time to react!
ITS TIME TO ROAR.#PakistanZindabad
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) September 20, 2021
Feel deeply for @TheRealPCB 🤲🏻 In our prayers and thoughts – somehow one feels new alliances will have to be formed if the game is to be equitable and sustainable for all
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) September 20, 2021
Pakistan (also Sri Lanka) played in South Africa & Zimbabwe when other teams pulled-out, played the series despite entire England squad got infected with COVID-19 & also played in New Zealand during pandemic. Pakistan supported others & they also deserve the same support #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) September 19, 2021
Our players’ mental and physical well-being remains our top priority: ECB
The ECB announced on Monday that its Men’s and Women’s tours of Pakistan have been cancelled. “The ECB Board convened this weekend to examine these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan, and we can report that the Board has reluctantly chosen to remove both teams from the October trip,” the statement said in part.
The athletes’ and support staff’s physical and mental well-being remains our top focus, according to the statement. “We understand that there are growing worries about travelling to the region, and we believe that proceeding will put even more pressure on a playing group that has already dealt with a lengthy period of operating in limited Covid environments,” the statement added. NZC had already cancelled their tour due to a security threat.
For Live cricket news, cricket match updates, cricket score, latest cricket news, and other cricket news follow Livematchupdates.com.