Over the last few years, players have been playing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Pakistan itself. Thus, the overseas players participating in Pakistan’s T20 league visit the country every year. However, a few international teams have been reluctant to visit the Asian nation for international matches due to security reasons.
New Zealand, who recently went to the country in order to play a series, cancelled it due to security concerns. On the other hand, England also cancelled their tour to Pakistan in October 2021. However, Alex Hales felt that it made “zero sense for them to do so”. He stated that he enjoys playing in that part of the world. Further on, he mentioned the fact that the Asian side had visited England during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also stated that England’s tour was scheduled to be a short one.
“That decision to cancel that tour made absolutely no sense. Especially after Pakistan came to England during Covid and helped out the ECB massively. So for them to cancel that tour made absolutely zero sense to me. It was only a short tour, only a few T20s so it made no sense,” said Alex Hales while soaking to Geo TV.
It is to be noted that the English batter has played five seasons in Pakistan’s T20 league. He’s currently representing Islamabad United. Hales also went on to appreciate the hospitality of the people in Pakistan. He said that it is a great place to come and play.
“I’ve been here four or five times now and get looked after really well. Every time we come here, the people are very hospitable and cricket is always really good. The fans here are crazy for it. So, it’s a great place to come and play cricket, I absolutely feel safe,” he said.