ECB to make decision on England tours to Pakistan within 48 hours

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Englands men and women are due to tour Pakistan in mid-October

LONDON (Web Desk) – The ECB will make a decision on whether or not England s men and women will tour Pakistan within 48 hours after New Zealand pull out their men s white-ball trip to the country.

The news comes after New Zealand pulled out of the entire white-ball tour of Pakistan just before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi because of a “security alert” and arrangements are being made for the team’s departure.

The Blackcaps were due to take part in three one-day internationals and five T20Is, starting on Friday, but are now set to fly back home after a change in advice at government level.

England’s men and women are due to tour Pakistan in mid-October - the men for two T20s in the build-up to the World Cup, the women for six white-ball matches - but that trip now looks under serious threat.

An ECB statement on Friday read: "We re aware of New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour due to a security alert.

"We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation. The ECB board will then decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should proceed."