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'Western Bloc' Has Let Pakistan Down: PCB Chief

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja said that Pakistan have been let down by the "Western Bloc" and the back-to-back pullouts by New Zealand and England could have a "Domino Effect" for cricket in the South Asian country.

England cancelled their men's and women's teams tour of pakistan next month citing "mental and physical well-being" of the players.

PCB Chairman said that he is very disappointed by England's withdrawal but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other.

He added that there's a lesson for PCB. They go out of their way to accommodate and pamper these sides when they visit. From now on, PCB will tour only when it serves our interest.

The former Pakistan captain said there was a sense of anger in his country as New Zealand refused to share the exact threat, which necessitated a step that has far-reaching consequences for the hosts.

Ramiz Raja said that "it can have a domino effect. It can hit the tour by West Indies, and australia are already reconsidering their tour next year.

According to media reports, the PCB is facing a loss that could be anything between 15-25 million dollars after the twin pullouts but raja said he was determined to claim compensation from New Zealand cricket.

Pakistan could have hosted Zimbabwe and a second-string bangladesh team to fill the void but the pcb would not resort to such "desperation".

PCB Chief said that Pakistan would have been treated better had pcb had more financial clout.