England cricketers had no role in the team’s decision to abandon their tour of Pakistan next month, the players’ union said.
New Zealand has returned from Pakistan after abruptly abandoning its tour minutes before the opener in Rawalpindi, citing a security alert from its government.
England followed suit this week, canceling the tour of their men’s and women’s teams in Pakistan, citing the “mental and physical well-being” of the players.
Team England Player Partnership (TEPP), which represents England’s international players, said cricketers had not been asked to comment.
“At no time did the TEPP inform the ECB that the players would not be on tour,” TEPP chairman Richard Bevan told the website. The Bharat Express News in an article published on Friday.
“At no time did the ECB ask TEPP or the teams, men and women, if the tour was to take place or if the players were ready to tour Pakistan.
“It is 100% incorrect to suggest that TEPP stepped in to say the players would not tour.”
Pakistan was shunned by other cricketing nations for nearly a decade after the deadly 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore, but has recently courted top international teams.
England’s teams were each scheduled to play two Twenty20 internationals on October 13-14 in Rawalpindi, with the women’s squad to stay on for a three-match international series from October 17-21.
Former players have criticized the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Council.
“England cricket, the governing body and the players, had the chance to do the right thing this week,” former England captain Michael Atherton wrote in The Times.
“They had a chance to pay off debt, stand up for their honor and side with a cricket nation that has endured the kinds of challenges others can’t even begin to contemplate.
“Instead, by quoting a rude statement, they did the wrong thing.”