"Obviously it’s worrying"- Mark Wood worried about England traveling to Pakistan for test series after Imran Khan's incident
England is scheduled to tour Pakistan for a three-match test series starting on December 1. That tour is scheduled to start after the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. England has already completed the "white-ball" assignment for that tour ahead of the World Cup.
Both teams played a seven-match T20I series, which ended in favor of the visiting team after a hard-fought 4-3 margin. And now the English team will once again travel to Pakistan for three Tests. However, it will not be a wrong statement to say that the current situation has certainly created doubt in some players' minds.
English pacer Mark Wood, who was part of the seven T20Is earlier, has admitted that he is a little bit worried about touring Pakistan after the former World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan was shot on November 3 (Thursday).
Wood is currently playing with the English team in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. England qualified for the semi-final of the tournament on Saturday by beating Sri Lanka in a must-win game. The pacer has said that the current situation has made him rethink traveling to Pakistan for the test series.
On the other hand, he has also said that he has full faith in the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for reviewing the situation and taking the correct decision in favor of the players and staff involved with it.
On Saturday, ahead of the game against Sri Lanka, Wood said, "It’s obviously not great is it. First of all, he is ex-cricketer, so it's close to home for us. It’s obviously hugely sad news to hear that as a group. But obviously it’s worrying when you’re going back there as a cricketer and there’s unrest in the country."
Notably, both New Zealand and England cancelled their previous scheduled tours to Pakistan last year in September due to security reasons. Most of the teams haven't traveled to Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 by the Islamist militants, which took the lives of six policemen and two locals.
However, the BCCI secretary also said that the Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023 because of security concerns. But Pakistan has successfully hosted bilateral series against England, Australia, and West Indies in recent times.