Pakistan contemplating taking the legal route against New Zealand and England
Earlier, Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the PCB, lashed out at cricket’s ‘western bloc’ for the developments in the last few days.
Updated - Sep 21, 2021 8:50 pm
Pakistan cricket have been jolted with two body blows in the last four days after New Zealand and England backed out from playing bilateral series in the Asian country. Back on September 17, the Black Caps abandoned their tour moments before the start of the first ODI at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The visitors cited ‘security concerns’ as a reason for their withdrawal from the tour.
On Monday, September 20, the England cricket team backed off from their tour of Pakistan in the month of October. The England men’s and women’s teams were scheduled to take part in ODI and T20I series. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board released a statement, mentioning that the teams won’t be travelling to Pakistan next month.
Amidst the chaos, in a tweet Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chadhury, on Tuesday, September 21, said that Pakistan will be consulting legal experts for actions against NZC and the ECB. He stated that Pakistan will make consultations with the lawyers to take appropriate action against them. Cricket.com reported.
On Saturday, September 18, the New Zealand players returned to their home country after the PCB arranged a chartered flight for them. PCB chief executive Wasim Khan also showed his agony over the turn of events in Pakistan cricket.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman expresses disappointment
Earlier, Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the PCB, was devastated after the Black Caps and the Three Lions pulled out from their respective series. He also lashed out at cricket’s ‘western bloc’ for the developments in the last few days.
“I am severely disappointed in England’s withdrawal but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other. So, you can take any decision on the basis of security threat and perception. There was a sense of anger because first New Zealand got away without sharing information about the threat they were facing,” Raja said.
“Now, this [England] was expected but this is a lesson for us because we go out of our way to accommodate and pamper these sides when they visit. And when we go there, we undergo strict quarantines and we tolerate their admonishments, but there is a lesson in this. That is, that from now on we will only go as far as is in our interest,” he added.