Mark Wood ‘worried’ about England’s return to Pakistan after attack on former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Wood is among the players named in the England squad which is due to tour Pakistan for a three-match Test series in December.

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Mark Wood of England. (© Getty Images)

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After the horrendous shooting incident that resulted in Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan getting injured at a rally on Thursday, November 3, England's pace spearhead Mark Wood admits that he is "worried" about the possibility of England returning to Pakistan.

The Three Lions toured Pakistan for the first time since 2005 just a few weeks ago to play a seven-match T20I series. They are expected to head back to Pakistan to play a Test series which is slated to start in December.

While Wood was pleased with England's treatment during their 4-3 T20I series victory, he is uneasy about the Test tour after Imran's failed assassination attempt when shots were fired on his convoy during a protest march on Thursday.

Obviously it’s worrying when you’re going back there as a cricketer: Mark Wood on his upcoming visit to Pakistan 

“From the security we had I can only mention what we came across and it was fantastic – we were looked after really well. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried because you’re going back there when there’s been trouble. If you break it down and think what it was like when we were there it was pretty good for us, we were looked after really well. So it’ll be for people above me to decide whatever happens," said Wood. 

“Obviously it’s worrying when you’re going back there as a cricketer and there’s unrest in the country but that’s for their country to deal with not for us. We’ll be told and we trust our security guys that tell us what to do so if they say all’s fine then we go but I don’t know if this changes it," he added.

Dedicated security teams, bulletproof buses, additional plainclothes, uniformed police officers, and snipers were all present to ensure that England's most recent trip to Pakistan went smoothly. It is understood that Reg Dickason, the ECB's longtime security advisor, is constantly overseeing the arrangements for the Test tour and talks are ongoing with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.