England Team Union says, players had no role in the cancellation of tour


England cricketers had no role in the team’s decision to abandon their tour of Pakistan next month, the players’ union has said. 

Team England Player Partnership (TEPP), which represents England’s international players, said the cricketers were not asked for input. 

At no stage has the ECB ever asked TEPP or the teams, men and women, whether the tour should go ahead or whether players were prepared to tour Pakistan.

 It is 100 per cent incorrect to suggest TEPP intervened to say the players would not tour. 

Pakistan was shunned by other cricketing nations for almost a decade after the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore but has recently been wooing back top international sides. 

The England teams were each scheduled to play two Twenty20 international matches on Oct 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi, with the women’s side due to stay on for a three-match one-day international series from Oct 17 to Oct 21.

 Former players have criticized the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision. 

Keeping in view that the former captain of England Michael Atherton has also criticized the ECB for the cancellation of Pakistan’s tour.