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Ramiz Raja slams ‘western bloc’ after England refuse to tour Pakistan


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Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, blamed the "western bloc", after England became the second country to refuse to play in Pakistan.

The England and Wales Cricket Board withdrew its men's and women's teams from a tour of Pakistan for a limited-overs series next month, citing increased concerns about traveling to the region.

“I am severely disappointed in England's withdrawal, but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other,” said Ramiz in a video message.

"We have a West Indies series that can also be hit, and Australia who is already reconsidering. This England, Australia and New Zealand are all one bloc. Who can we complain to?"

Raja said Zimbabwe was willing to play in Pakistan to fill the gap left by both New Zealand and England. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had offered to send their second-string teams. However, all these suggested tours could not materialize due to logistical difficulties.

"Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had offered to send their second-string teams. However, all these suggested tours could not materialize due to “logistical difficulties," Raja added.