ECB CEO Tom Harrison flies to Pakistan to restore relations

ECB CEO Tom Harrison

The chief executive of England Cricket Board, Tom Harrison has come to Pakistan for repairing the damaged relations after the cancellation of October tour. Tom Harrison will meet PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and will discuss about the future tours. Ramiz Raja felt humiliated when ECB announced in September that it was calling off the tour.

England last toured Pakistan 16 years ago and they are due to play a Test series in 2022. The ECB cited concerns about travelling to Pakistan in cancelling the October tour after New Zealand pulled out tour to Pakistan over security concerns. The tour was only meant to last four days with only two Twenty20 matches in Rawalpindi on 13th and 14th October. Two T20 matches of women’s team were also scheduled on the same dates with three women’s ODIs to follow in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan travelled to England in 2020 when COVID-19 cases in Britain were among the highest in the whole world. Pakistan played three Tests and a T20 series that saved ECB millions in the TV rights deals.

Pakistan was shocked after England’s tour cancellation and Ramiz Raja told the reporters in September that they felt of being used and then binned. Tom Harrison has reached Pakistan on the same day when Australia announced a full tour to Pakistan starting in March 2022 that will be their first visit to the country after 24 years.

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