Pakistan cricket chief accuses England of "making excuses" after cancelling tour

Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has accused England of "making excuses" after they pulled out of their scheduled tour to the country next month.

The ECB released a statement citing "the mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff" and "increasing concerns about travelling to the region" which they say "will add further pressure" on their players.

The announcement comes after New Zealand abandoned their tour of Pakistan at the last minute due to security concerns, much to the chagrin of the opponents.

Now, Raja has hit out at England for "making excuses" and accused them of "failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most".

On Twitter, Raja wrote: "Disappointed with England, pulling out of their commitment & failing a member of their Cricket fraternity when it needed it most. Survive we will inshallah.

"A wake up call for Pak team to become the best team in the world for teams to line up to play them without making excuses."

England's men were due to play two T20Is against Pakistan, while the women's team were scheduled for two T20Is and three ODIs.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, the ECB's managing director of women's cricket Clare Connor said: "It's hugely sad.

"We've had lots of meetings over the last few days, with everything that has been going on in that part of the world, and it's desperately sad for Pakistan cricket and for the fans in that part of the world who are desperate to support their players and see live cricket in their country.

"It's very disappointing – our players were excited about the prospect of a historic tour for England women to Pakistan and to take international women's cricket to that part of the world would have been something they were very much looking forward to and would have been proud of, but it's not to be."

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