England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Ian Watmore. Picture: file  

LONDON: Breaking his silence on cancelling Pakistan tour, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Ian Watmore Wednesday stated the board took the choice to tug out of the sequence “by itself judgment”.

In his first public feedback after the withdrawal of the sequence, Ian Watmore stated that the ECB didn’t seek the advice of with the gamers earlier than making the choice.

“I am very sorry to anybody who feels damage or let down by our resolution, notably in Pakistan,” he stated, including, “The choice the board made was an especially tough one and the board made it with the first consideration being the welfare and psychological well being of our gamers and workers.”

‘ECB dedicated to rescheduled tour of Pakistan subsequent 12 months’

Watmore stated the ECB had dedicated to a “correct, rescheduled tour of Pakistan subsequent 12 months”.

“We’ll get on with planning that. We can have longer to plan that journey,” he acknowledged.

Defending his resolution, Watmore stated he did not know whereas committing to the tour that the US would evacuate from Afghanistan and that New Zealand would pull out of the sequence on the final minute.

“I do not know in the event you learn President Biden’s thoughts, however I did not know he was going to evacuate Afghanistan or that New Zealand would pull out of their tour whereas successfully warming up on the pitch,” he added.

Pakistan ‘welcomes’ ECB’s resolution

Data Minister Fawad Chaudhry welcomed the ECB’s resolution to come back to Pakistan for a full tour subsequent 12 months.

“Announcement of ECB to go to Pakistan subsequent 12 months is a welcome step, I want to thank the celebs of the cricket world, diplomatic group, media and cricket lovers all over the world on their assist for Pakistan cricket. But once more Pak has emerged as robust and resilient nation,” he tweeted.

Earlier, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja had stated that the ECB chairman had dedicated to touring Pakistan subsequent 12 months, after pulling out from the 2021 sequence.

He, nevertheless, had stated Watmore had failed to present him a satisfying response when Raja had requested him whether or not the scenario would change subsequent 12 months as nicely and if England would decide out of that sequence too primarily based on excuses of gamers’ psychological wellbeing and safety.

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