In the latest development, it has been revealed that Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to have a meeting with Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad to uplift the self-confidence of players after the cancellation of New Zealand and England tour to Pakistan.
According to the sources the arrangements are being made for the meeting between Pakistan’s World Cup squad and Prime Minister Imran Khan and the date and time will soon be finalised. Also, the sources claim that there is a huge possibility that the meeting will place during the time of the National T20 Cup which is scheduled to begin on September 23 in Rawalpindi.
The PM of Pakistan Imran Khan who is also the 1992 World Cup-winning captain will be there by the players’ side to boost their morale heading into the marquee T20 World Cup event and will share the much-needed experience with them. Alongside Imran Khan and the T20 World Cup squad, the newly recruited chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja will also attend the meeting.
England Tour Of Pakistan called off
Recently New Zealand national cricket team reached Pakistan to play the white-ball series. However, on the match day, the series was cancelled by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) due to security concerns. Meanwhile, after the cancellation of the Blackcaps vs Pakistan games, it was expected that England might also pull out of the tour and it did happen. In a statement released on Monday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the cancellation of the tour.
“Earlier this year, we agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, adding a short women’s tour with double headers alongside the men’s games,” an official ECB statement said.
“The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip.”
“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,” it added.
Also, some reports claim that Pakistan is planning to take legal action against the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the cancellation of the tour.