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England to decide on Pakistan cricket tour in next 24-48 hours

Updated 17 Sep, 2021
England's cricket board said it will make a decision about touring Pakistan in the next day or two. File photo
England's cricket board said it will make a decision about touring Pakistan in the next day or two. File photo

Hours after New Zealand cancelled its cricket tour of Pakistan, England's scheduled tour to the Asian nation was thrown into doubt with the England Cricket Board (ECB) saying that it will assess the ground situation in the country and make a decision on the series in the next 24-48 hours.

New Zealand decided to pull its team out of Pakistan just ahead of the first ODI after its cricket board received a security threat.

England are scheduled to travel to Rawalpindi in October for two Twenty20 Internationals, in what will be their first visit to Pakistan since 2005.

"We're aware of New Zealand's decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour due to a security alert. We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation," the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.

"The ECB Board will then decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should proceed," the statement read further.