LONDON: English Broadcaster former Test cricketer Mike Atherton raised questions over the recent apologetic statement from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s chairman Ian Watmore for Pakistan.
In his article in The Times, Atherton wrote that Watmore’s statement drew more questions than answers.
“Given that America had signed the Doha agreement in February 2020 promising a complete withdrawal of troops in May 2021, and that the Biden administration had confirmed months ago that it intended to pull troops out by the end of August 2021, that seemed a strange comment to make. Has Watmore been living under a rock?” he questioned.
“It was more of obfuscation than an apology and raised more questions than answers. TEPP (the body that represents England players) has confirmed to The Times that they held a number of meetings with the ECB over the tour and how Watmore can say the board made a decision based on the players’ mental health without wider consultation is a mystery,” he maintained.
It must be noted here that Watmore apologized to Pakistani cricket fans and board for cancelling the tour.