British high commissioner stands by cricket fans

By: 24 News      Published: 12:18 AM, 22 Sep, 2021
British high commissioner stands by cricket fans

British High Commissioner Christian Turner has taken to Twitter to share the deep sadness of cricket fans that England will not tour Pakistan in October. 

"This was a decision made by the ECB, which is independent of the British government, based on concerns for player welfare," the high commissioner said in a video message a day after England had cancelled their tour to Pakistan.

The British High Commission supported the tour, did not advise against it, and its travel advice for Pakistan has not changed, the ambassador stressed.

"I have been a champion of international cricket's return to Pakistan and will redouble my efforts in advance of England's Autumn 2022 tour," Turner said.

The envoy thanked all officials at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who had worked very hard to get international cricket back in the country, as he expressed that he was sad and hoped to soon hear the "roar of full cricket stadiums again".

"In the end, cricket will be victorious."

In response to the ECB act, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said he was extremely disappointed with England. 

He said it was quite expected as the western bloc gets united in an attempt to back each other, unfortunately. England withdrawal is unjustified; Pakistan cricket will prevail," he said in a video statement.