England Cricketers Had No Role in ECB Cancelling Pakistan Tour
Following the ECB's decision, the former England cricketers and cricket experts slammed the cricket board.
The Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) has denied media reports of playing any role in the cancellation of the England Men and Women cricket teams tour to Pakistan. Earlier, there were rumours of the England players playing their part in the England and Wales Cricket Board pulling out of next month’s Pakistan tour.
According to the TEPP, they had no idea about the England and Wales Cricket Board decision after the New Zealand cricket team refused to play in Pakistan following a security threat. Furthermore, according to Sportsmail, the ECB informed the players about its decision after a meeting was held on Sunday.
A spokesperson of the TEPP told Sportsmail: “At no stage has the ECB ever asked the Team England Player Partnership or the teams, men and women, whether the tour should go ahead or whether players were prepared to tour Pakistan.”
He further said that the Team England Player Partnership never communicated to the ECB about the players’ refusal to tour Pakistan.
‘The ECB board met last Sunday to debate the tour to Pakistan. That afternoon we were informed the tour had been cancelled. Team England Player Partnership was not asked for our input and we were not involved in the decision to cancel the tour.’
Following the ECB’s decision, the former England cricketers and cricket experts slammed the cricket board. Mike Atherton in an article for The Times wrote that “England have failed to repay the debt they owe to Pakistan.”
The Former English men’s cricketer, Mark Butcher, along with former women’s cricketers, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent and Charlotte Edwards also criticized the England and Wales Cricket Board.
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