The England men and women’s tours to Pakistan, scheduled for next month, are in severe doubt following New Zealand Cricket’s decision to abandon their own tour to the country on Friday (September 17) after what they described as a “government security alert”.
Earlier on Friday, the ECB released a statement which read: “We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation. The ECB Board will then decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should proceed.”
Cricbuzz understands that the Board have not yet made an official decision but the indications are that the two match T20I series for England’s men’s team and the five-match programme for the women’s team will be postponed. Although it is still a possibility that the two series will go ahead, a source close to the men’s team confirmed to Cricbuzz that they were hearing the tour is going to be called-off.
When asked about the England series in a press conference today, Pakistani Interior Minister, Sheikh Rasheed, did not seem positive about the prospect of the tour going ahead either. Despite saying preparations were complete for England’s visit, Rasheed appeared to suggest he thought the ECB would go the same way as NZC.