Cricket: Pakistan Laments Matches Unplayed and Blames Politics

Cricket: Pakistan Laments Matches Unplayed and Blames Politics: Many people see the withdrawal of the British and New Zealand teams as punishment for the country’s support of the Taliban in Afghanistan. However, The British men’s and women’s cricket teams suddenly canceled their plans to play in Pakistan next month. Therefore, this is the second international retreat for a country that is obsessed with sports and increasingly concerned about its image on the world stage.

Cricket: Pakistan Laments Matches Unplayed and Blames Politics

Police officers patrolling the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Friday, after the New Zealand team pulled out of a cricket tour over security concerns.
Police patrolling the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday after the New Zealand team canceled the cricket tour due to security issues.

Only three days after the New Zealand cricket team canceled its plan to play in Pakistan for the first time since 2003. The English Cricket Committee announced its withdrawal on Monday. The team did this a few minutes before the first game, citing unspecified security threats. The British board is still vague, saying it is responding to “worries about travel in the region.”

“We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan. And emphasize an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022,” Cricket Board said in a statement.

However, the country has a difficult history in terms of visiting teams. In addition, and the recurring terrorist attacks in the country have also increased the tension in visiting the country. Because of its long-term relationship with the Taliban in Afghanistan, the country has also received increasing international attention. A month ago, when US-backed troops fled, the Taliban fell into the hands of the organization.

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