Chief Executive Officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board Tom Harrison during nets. — Reuters/File

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 toured Pakistan since 2005. 

‘Disappointed with England’

Responding to the development, Raja had said he was disappointed with England after the country’s cricket board decided to back out of a scheduled October series.

“Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most,” the PCB chairman said in a tweet.

Not giving up hope, the newly-elected chairman said Pakistan would survive, as he mentioned that this was a wake-up call for the national team to become the best in the world so that other sides would line up to play with them without making excuses. 

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