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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is getting shocks one after the other. Earlier the New Zealand team had canceled the tour due to security reasons despite reaching Pakistan. Later, for a short series, the Pakistan Cricket Board wanted to call Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but from there the PCB was disappointed and now in this episode, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) gave a big blow to the Pakistan Cricket Board.
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Actually, the ECB has clear that Englands mens and womens team was to tour Pakistan in October, but now the team will not go to Pakistan in October. The press release issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board said, "The ECB has a long-standing commitment to tour Pakistan in 2022 as part of the Mens Future Tours program. Earlier this year, we were planning to tour Pakistan in October." Two additional T20 matches in Pakistan were agreed to be played as T20 World Cup practice, with the mens games as well as the womens team making a short tour of Pakistan.
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The Board further said, "The ECB Board has discussed the England womens and mens team matches for additional matches in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has decided to withdraw both teams from the October visit. Our players And the mental and physical well-being of the support staff remains our top priority and is even more important given the times we currently live in. We know there are growing concerns about field travel and are Confident that going forward this will increase. There is further pressure on a sports group, as we are already facing a longer period of operation in a restricted COVID environment."
The board has also said, "There is additional complexity for our mens T20 team. We believe that touring in these conditions would not be ideal for preparation for the ICC Mens T20 World Cup, where performing well is a top priority for 2021." We understand this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket to their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the past two summers has been a great show of friendship. We sincerely regret the impact this has had on cricket in Pakistan and emphasize our ongoing commitment to our core travel plans for 2022."
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