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England Calls off Pakistan Tour After NZ

LONDON: Days after New Zealand on Friday pulled out of their cricket series against Pakistan over security concerns just minutes after the first one-day international was due to start, England have withdrawn their men s and women s teams from next month s tour of Pakistan.

England’s men and women teams were due to play two Twenty20s in Rawalpindi in October, while the women’s team are also due to play three ODIs in Pakistan.

“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,” the ECB said in a statement.

“The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our highest priority and this is even more critical given the times we are currently living in.

“We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted COVID environments.”