ECB chief visits Pakistan to mend relations with PCB after England withdrawal

ECB chief visits Pakistan to mend relations with PCB after England withdrawal

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The Chief Executive of the England Cricket Board (ECB), Tom Harrison, has flown to Karachi to mend his board’s relations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after England decided to pull out of the Pakistan tour back in September.

According to the International ESPN Cricinfo, PCB officials were upset with the English board’s unilateral decision to cancel their tour of Pakistan following New Zealand’s suit. It should be recalled that New Zealand had cited “security concerns” for the cancellation of their tour, while England had said it’s calling the tour off owing to the “mental and physical well-being” of its players and support staff.

England’s men and women teams were due to play two Twenty20s in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14. The women’s team were also due to play three ODIs in Pakistan on October 17, 19, and 21.

Now, Harrison is visiting Pakistan to meet with the PCB Chairman and former cricketer Ramiz Raja to assure him that England remain committed to their Test tour of the country at the end of 2022. 

It should be noted that England has not visited Pakistan since 2005.

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