British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed anger over the decision of the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) about withdrawal from the men and women teams’ tour of Pakistan.
According to a report published in the British newspaper, PM Johnson is understood to be “angry over the ECB’s decision” to cancel the men’s and women’s white-ball tour to Pakistan next month.
“The prime minister and senior officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office believe that the decision has damaged relations between the UK and Pakistani governments,” the report read.
Earlier, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner clarified that ECB's refusal to tour Pakistan was their own decision, and UK's government wasn't involved in it.
Turner said that Pakistan was a safe country and the England cricket team’s tour wasn’t called off over security reasons.
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He said that Pakistani players are real ambassadors of cricket and as an ambassador, it is my duty to bridge the gap between the two countries.
On Monday, England have withdrawn its men’s and women’s teams from next month’s tour of Pakistan, the country’s cricket board (ECB) said, three days after New Zealand abandoned their tour of the country amid security concerns.