England confirmed ‘western vanity’ in withdrawing from Pakistan tour, says Michael Holding

England’s males haven’t performed in Pakistan since 2005 and their ladies have by no means performed within the nation

England confirmed “western vanity” by pulling out of their tour of Pakistan, says former West Indies bowler Michael Holding.

England’s males’s and ladies’s groups had been as a result of play white-ball video games in Pakistan however withdrew final month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) blamed “growing considerations” about travelling within the area and “pressures” of bubble environments.

“The ECB assertion does not wash with me,” Holding stated. “No substance.”

Talking after receiving the Cricket Writers’ Membership Peter Smith Award, Holding added: “No one desires to come back ahead and resist something as a result of they know what they did was fallacious.

“In order that they put out an announcement and hid behind an announcement. It simply jogs my memory of the garbage they did with Black Lives Matter.

“I will not return into that as a result of I’ve stated sufficient about that. However what that sign sends to me, is similar western vanity.

“I’ll deal with you ways I really feel like treating you, it does not matter what you suppose, I will simply do what I need.”

Three days earlier than the ECB introduced its determination New Zealand pulled out of a tour of Pakistan amid safety considerations, citing a “particular and credible menace”.

The ECB assertion didn’t reference safety points and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja stated the ECB’s reasoning was “not ok”.

Pakistan’s males travelled to England for 3 Checks and three T20s in the summertime 2020 – all in a bio-secure surroundings with out followers – inside the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Pakistan went to England earlier than vaccines had been obtainable for six or seven weeks,” stated Holding, who performed 60 Checks for West Indies earlier than changing into a celebrated commentator.

“They stayed, they performed their cricket, they honoured what England wished them to honour, to save lots of England’s butt, to place it mildly.

“4 days in Pakistan? I am completely positive they’d not have performed that to India, as a result of India is wealthy and highly effective.”

Holding, who will retire from commentary this 12 months, was rewarded by the Cricket Writers’ Membership for “excellent contribution to the presentation of cricket to the general public”. He has passionately spoken about racism prior to now 18 months.

Yorkshire batter Harry Brook received the Younger Cricketer of the Yr Award and England batter Sophia Dunkley the ladies’s cricketer award.

All-rounder Alice Capsey received the rising participant award after her position in The Hundred for Oval Invincibles whereas Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher was named County Championship Participant of the Yr and Alex Jervis the Incapacity Cricketer of the Yr.

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