England Cricket Board (ECB) officially canceled their tour of Pakistan which was scheduled to happen just before of T20 world cup 2021. After the decision of the New Zealand cricket board, ECB also rejected to play in Pakistan. It is a serious concern for Pakistan cricket.
England’s men and women team were due to play T20I double-headers in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14, with the women’s team staying on for the following three-match ODI series.
“The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our highest priority and this is even more critical given the times we are currently living in. We know there are increasing concerns about traveling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted Covid environments.”
“There is the added complexness for our Men’s T20 squad. We believe that touring under these conditions will not be ideal practice for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where performing well remains a top priority for 2021.”
“We appreciate that this decision will be a considerable disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge presentation of friendship. We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasize an ongoing responsibility to our main touring plans there for 2022.”
England players who are part of the IPL 2021 second phase, will be available for IPL 2021 playoffs. This will be good for some franchises like Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and many others. IPL 2021 final is scheduled for 15th October and the T20 world cup 2021 qualifiers will start from 17th October.