After New Zealand, now England cancels men’s and women’s teams tour to Pakistan

On Monday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that they are withdrawing their both men’s and women’s teams from the tour of Pakistan, which was scheduled for next month. “We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group…

After New Zealand, now England cancels men’s and women’s teams tour to Pakistan

On Monday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that they are withdrawing their both men’s and women’s teams from the tour of Pakistan, which was scheduled for next month.

“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,” said a statement from the ECB.

The men’s side were due to play two T20 internationals on October 13 and 14, with the women playing three one-day internationals on October 17, 19 and 21.

All the matches were set to take place in Rawalpindi.

PCB chairman Ramiz Raja expressed his disappointment over the decision of ECB in a tweet.

“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,” tweeted Raja.

Last week, the Black Caps flew out of Pakistan after abandoning their limited-overs series against the hosts over a security threat issued by the New Zealand government.

Tom Latham & Co. were supposed to play three ODI and five ODIs during their first tour to Pakistan in 18 years. They pulled out of the tour just an hour before the scheduled start of the ODI series opener in Rawalpindi.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) steamrolled Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 31st match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Virat Kohli, who recently announced that this would be his last season as RCB skipper, won the toss and elected to bat first. However, the decision to bat first went horribly wrong for the Challengers as KKR packed them for a mere 92 in 19 overs.

Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and star all-rounder Andre Russell completely dominated the proceedings and never really allowed RCB batters to bounce back.

Chakravarthy proved why he was named in India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup by displaying outstanding bowling. He picked up a three-wicket haul for just 13 runs in his quota of 4 overs. The right-armer got rid of Glenn Maxwell (10), Sachin Baby (7) and Wanindu Hasaranga (0).

Similarly, Russell also bagged three scalps for just nine runs in 3 overs. Russell sent back Srikar Bharat (16), AB de Villiers (0), Mohammed Siraj (8). Apart from Chakravarthy and Russell, Lockie Ferguson also shined with the ball, picking up two wickets for 24 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

In reply, the two-time champions chased down the paltry target in 10 overs with nine wickets in hand to register their third victory in the fourteenth season.

Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer gave their side a flying start. The duo added 82 runs for the opening wicket and took the game away from RCB. While Gill missed out on his half-century by two runs, Iyer remained unbeaten on 41.

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