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PM Imran Khan to meet Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

In a bid to boost morale, PM Khan will meet the Pakistan T-20 Cricket team and share some words of wisdom with them. The meeting comes following the sudden cancellation of tours to Pakistan by New Zealand and England.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to meet the Pakistan Cricket Team T20 World Cup squad soon. PM Imran Khan is the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board and is expected to meet the team to boost their morale.

The date and time will be finalized soon. The meeting is expected to happen during the National T20 tournament. Premier is expected to share tips and experiences from his time with the players. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja will also be present at the meeting.

The meeting comes following the sudden cancellation of tours to Pakistan by New Zealand and England. New Zealand had called off the series after staying eight days in Pakistan just before the first cricket match of the series last Friday.  Meanwhile, England also canceled the tour citing security reasons.

Read more: After New Zealand, England cancels cricket tours of Pakistan

Minister Fawad Chaudhry called to take legal action against England Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket Board for the losses incurred by Pakistan Television (PTV) with the sudden cancellation of the series.

Pakistan left in disappointment

Players, politicians, and fans had expressed strong disappointment over the cancellation of the tour that damaged the reputation of Pakistan globally and hurt the progress made by Pakistan for the return of international cricket in Pakistan over time.

England cricket chiefs were warned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday there will be consequences for the decision to withdraw from next month’s white-ball tour citing “increasing concerns about traveling to the region”.

Rawalpindi was due to host men’s and women’s Twenty20 double-headers on October 13 and 14 as England’s men prepare for next month’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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Heather Knight’s women’s team was then due to play three one-day internationals (ODIs) in the same city.

However, the historic trip, which would have been the first-ever by an England women’s team and the first by their male counterparts since 2005, was plunged into serious doubt after New Zealand pulled out of their tour of Pakistan on Friday over security fears.