Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan opined on the upcoming England tour of Pakistan for white-ball matches and said that he doesn’t want the three lions to visit Pakistan and instead suggested an alternate venue for the same.

It was their first tour of Pakistan in 18 years and was to feature three ODIs in Rawalpindi and five Twenty20s in Lahore.

This comes after New Zealand called off their white-ball tour hours before the toss was to happen for the first ODI against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. It was later clarified that New Zealand team management received advice from their government about a security threat and they were asked to pack their bags and come back home.

Babar Azam and Tom Latham. Photo- ESPNCricinfo
Babar Azam and Tom Latham. Photo- ESPNCricinfo

This led to the cancellation of the entire series which led to the Pakistan Cricket Board and other Pakistan cricketers fuming. PCB chairman Ramiz Raja even said that New Zealand Cricket will hear from the Pakistan board at the ICC.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand team arrived in Dubai after leaving Islamabad on a chartered flight. The contingent of 34 players and support staff are now settling into their Dubai hotel and undergoing their 24-hour period of self-isolation.

New Zealand players arrive in Dubai. Photo- BlackCaps Twitter
New Zealand players arrive in Dubai. Photo- BlackCaps Twitter

The Games For The Men’s & Women Teams Can Take Place Rather Than A Full Cancellation: Michael Vaughan Suggests Alternate Venue

Michael Vaughan took to Twitter and opined on the England men’s and women’s tour to Pakistan and mentioned that he didn’t want them to tour Pakistan. However, instead of canceling the entire tour, he wanted the matches to be shifted to an alternate venue.

England men’s and women’s teams are due in Pakistan for a short two-match T20 series next month, and the England and Wales Cricket Board said it would make a final call on the tours this weekend. England men have not toured the Asian country for cricket series since 2005, while the women’s team are to make their first tour.

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England Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

“It would seem sensible to me to try and move England’s Pakistan games to the UAE rather than cancel the tour if it’s deemed unsafe to travel .. !! Hopefully the games for the Men’s & Women teams can take place rather than a full cancellation,” tweeted Michael Vaughan.

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