Minister for Information and Broadcast, Fawad Chaudhry, has welcomed the England Cricket Board (ECB) decision to tour Pakistan next year.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the elated Fawad Chaudhry praised the efforts of the international cricketers, Pakistan’s diplomatic staff, and media for supporting Pakistan’s cricket in a tough situation. The minister also appreciated the apology offered by the English Cricket Board for the cancellation of the tour to Pakistan.
“Announcement of ECB to visit Pakistan next year is a welcome step, I would like to thank stars of the cricket world, the diplomatic community, Media And Cricket lovers around the world on their support for Pakistan Cricket, yet again Pak has emerged as strong and resilient nation,” said Fawad Chaudhry.
He also hailed Pakistan as a strong and resilient nation that has the strength to overcome challenges.
Announcement of ECB to visit Pakistan next year is a welcome step,I would like to thank stars of cricket world, diplomatic community, Media And Cricket lovers around the world on their support for pakistan Cricket, yet again Pak has emerged as strong and resilient nation
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 29, 2021
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Pakistan disappointed with ECB
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Elizabeth Truss.
In the meeting, Shah Mehmood Qureshi had delivered Pakistan’s disappointment on the abrupt cancellation of the Pakistan tour by ECB.
“This had not only caused financial loss to Pakistan Cricket Board but also deeply disappointed millions of cricket fans,” the foreign minister said who is currently in the UK.
Earlier British High Commissioner, Christian Turner, had come into the crosshairs of English and Pakistani cricket fans after he uploaded a video apologizing for the cancellation of the tour by the England Cricket Board.
He uploaded the video on his Twitter platform expressing solidarity and also claiming that British High Commission Pakistan has nothing to do with England Cricket Board calling off the series.
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He said that British High Commission did not change the travel advisory for Pakistan or issued any threat alert. It is the independent decision of the England Cricket Board to cancel the tour. Christian Turner added that he considers himself the biggest champion in normalizing international cricket in Pakistan. He hoped that the cricket grounds of Pakistan would bustle with crowds again.