‘Western bloc’ has let Pakistan down, Board Chief says
Pakistan have been let down by the “Western bloc” and the back-to-back pullouts by New Zealand and England could have a “domino effect” for cricket in the South Asian country, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja said.
England on Monday cancelled their men’s and women’s teams tour of Pakistan next month citing “mental and physical wellbeing” of the players.
It followed New Zealand’s abrupt abandonment of their tour minutes before the opening fixture in Rawalpindi on Friday following a security alert from their government.
“I am very disappointed by England’s withdrawal but it was expected because this Western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other,” Raja, who took over as PCB chief earlier this month, said in a video shared by the PCB.
“You can take any decision on the basis of security threat and perception. “But there’s a lesson for us. We go out of our way to accommodate and pamper these sides when they visit...from now on, we’ll tour only when it serves our interest.” The former Pakistan captain said there was a sense of anger in his country as New Zealand refused to share the exact threat, which necessitated a step that has far-reaching consequences for the hosts. (Reuters)