PCB Chairman slams England and New Zealand Cricket board, claiming that “this could lead to a domino effect, another upcoming tour of West-Indies and Australia will be under threat” Ramiz Raja, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was incensed when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated that the tour of their men’s and women’s Cricket team which was scheduled this October had been canceled owing to “increasing worries about traveling to the region.” New Zealand, too, had canceled its white-ball tour of Pakistan, citing security concerns just hours before the first match in Rawalpindi.
“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 Raza tweeted.
PCB Chairman questioned the decision of ECB, saying “they just look for a silly excuse for wriggle out of here (Pakistan)” “I am severely disappointed in England’s withdrawal but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other. So you can take any decision on the basis of security threat and perception. There was a sense of anger because first New Zealand got away without sharing information about the threat they were facing,” Ramiz said with ESPNcricinfo. Ramiz pointed out the “Western Bloc” by stating that we (Pakistan) are one of the best hosts in the world, but when we go there, they mistreat us and we are subjected to strict quarantines and must follow their instructions.
It is being said that PCB may have to face the loss of range from between USD $15-$25 million due to the cancellation of both the tours. On the other hand, Ramiz asked Pakistan’s cricket team to learn from this and go into the T20 World Cup with a mission; previously, we only had one team (India), but now we should have two more – England and New Zealand. He added that their team will not lose, they will take the avenge in the cricket ground from England and New Zealand.
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