England withdraws from Men's and Women's tour to Pakistan in October

Following New Zealand’s decision to withdraw from the white-ball series in Pakistan, England has also decided to cancel their trip. England and Pakistan were scheduled to play two T20 Internationals (T20I) on October 13 and 14, just before the T20 World Cup, however the tour has been cancelled.

The women’s squad was also scheduled to play two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and as many as three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Pakistan beginning October 13, which will not take place. “The ECB Board met this weekend to discuss the extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan, and we can confirm that the Board has regretfully chosen to remove both teams from the October tour,” the ECB said in a statement.

“Our players’ and support staff’s mental and physical well-being remains our top focus, which is even more important considering the times we live in. We understand that there are growing worries about travelling to the region, and we believe that proceeding will put even more pressure on a team that has already had to deal with a long period of operating in restricted Covid circumstances”, the statement read.

“For our Men’s T20 team, there is an additional layer of complication. We believe that touring in these conditions will not be an appropriate preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021, where success is still a major aim”.

Following the white-ball tour of Bangladesh and the fifth Test against India, the Pakistan T20Is are the latest in a series of England men’s events to be postponed. The cancellation means that any England players whose teams qualify will be eligible to participate in the IPL’s final stages, as well as giving multi-format players who will play in both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, more rest time.