England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s chairman Ian Watmore has expressed apologies for withdrawing from the Pakistan tour.
In his first statement after England called off Pakistan’s tour, Watmore said he feels sorry for their decision which could have hurt many cricket fans.
“I’m very sorry to anyone who feels hurt or let down by our decision, particularly in Pakistan. The decision the board made was an extremely difficult one,
“I won’t go into details, but we received advice on security, player welfare, took the decision we made. We had to make it quickly because of the short term to the World Cup and the New Zealand exodus from Pakistan,” he said.
Watmore is confident to rebuild relations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by rescheduling the tour next year.
“We need to rebuild our relationship with Pakistan and will refocus on going there in 2022. This wasn’t the right time. Obviously, we’re extremely grateful to Pakistan for coming here last year. We will do everything we can to deliver the scheduled tour next year,” he concluded.