England Postponed the Pakistan tour to October 2021
The England and Wales Cricket Board ECB has decided to postpone England tour of Pakistan early next year in October 2021 due to the scarcity of players and financial costs. According to the cricket website ESPN Cricinfo, the ECB plans to tour at the end of 2021. England wants to visit Pakistan in September-October as part of preparations ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in India.
The two boards agreed on England’s tour of Pakistan in January 2021 to play a three-match T20 series. But at this point, England’s Test team will be busy with the Test series against Sri Lanka and India.
The ECB, on the other hand, struggled to make a suitable squad for the tour of Pakistan as most of the limited-overs cricketers play in the Big Bash League (BBL).
The ESPN report said, “The Test squad for Sri Lanka and India series in January is very much scheduled and the top of the limited-overs cricketers will take part in the BBL which is already final. As a result, the ECB had to send the ‘C’ team on an official visit to Pakistan in the last 15 years.
The ECB has also taken into account the cost of the tour. “Although the tour did not last more than 96 hours, there were plans to play two or three matches in Karachi at this time,” the ESPN report said. England also planned a training camp in the United Arab Emirates. And had to go to Pakistan on a charter plane. So the total cost would be 6 lakh pounds.
England has not visited Pakistan since 2005 on security issues. Especially after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, like other countries, they also took a strong position.