Ramiz Raja, the newly-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has expressed his utter disappointment with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for pulling out of their men’s and women’s tour to Pakistan for white-ball matches scheduled for October.
The ECB on Monday confirmed that they will not be sending their teams to Pakistan, prioritising the players and support staff’s physical and mental well-being. This comes in three days after New Zealand pulled out of their series on the day of the first ODI in Rawalpindi citing security concerns.
Ramiz Raja said the ECB have let down PCB at a time when they needed them to tour Pakistan following New Zealand’s withdrawal.
“Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most. Survive we will inshallah,” Ramiz Raja tweeted.
A wake up call for Pakistan team to become the best in the world: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja, part of the 1992 World Cup-winning side, stated that these incidents of New Zealand and England opting out of travelling to Pakistan should spur Babar Azam’s team on, motivating them to become the best side in the world, so that other nations would demand to tour their country.
“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,” he added.
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
Pakistan will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against India on October 24, before they take on New Zealand and Afghanistan.