Cricket News: Shoaib Akhtar comments on the ECB’s decision to cancel Pakistan’s tour

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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:

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.

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