Disappointed with England, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja after ECB confirm withdrawal from Pakistan tour

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has expressed disappointment at England's decision to withdraw from the tour to Pakistan in October. ECB confirmed on Monday that their men and women's teams will not travel to Pakistan, saying they have reluctantly withdrawn from the proposed tour.

England's decision comes days after New Zealand returned home from Rawalpindi, citing security concerns. New Zealand were due to play 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is and the team had started training after completing quarantine. However, hours before the toss of the first ODI on September 17, New Zealand said they would pull out from the tour.

Ramiz Raja said England have failed a fellow member of the cricket fraternity. The newly-elected PCB chairman added that it is a reminder to Pakistan team to emerge as the best and make it difficult for teams to avoid touring the cricket-crazy Asian nation.

"Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most. Survive we will inshallah. A wake up call for Pak team to become the best team in the world for teams to line up to play them without making excuses," Ramiz Raja said.

Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most. Survive we will inshallah. A wake up call for Pak team to become the best team in the world for teams to line up to play them without making excuses.

— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 20, 2021

"Significant disappointment for the PCB"

The England and Wales Cricket Board apologized to PCB while elaborating their decision to not tour Pakistan amid security concerns. ECB said the mental well-being of their players ahead of T20 World Cup is paramount and thus decided to withdraw from the tour.

"We understand that this decision will be a significant 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 demonstration of friendship. We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022," the ECB said in a statement.

"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 travelling 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 complexity for our Men's T20 squad. We believe that touring under these conditions will not be ideal preparation for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, where performing well remains a top priority for 2021," the statement added.

England were scheduled to play 2 T20Is in October in Pakistan in the lead up to the T20 World Cup. The women's team was scheduled to play as many T20is in the Asian nation as double-headers alongside the men's fixtures.

Notably, Ramiz Raja had hit out at New Zealand Cricket for pulling out of the tour, saying it was an unilateral decision by the Blackcaps and that they would hear from the PCB at the ICC.

"Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC," Raja had said.

Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC.

— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 17, 2021

Pakistan will open their T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE against arch-rivals India on October 24.

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