In regards to the recent event of New Zealand and England canceling the Pakistan tour, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Pakistan is paying price for saying “absolutely not”.
Recently, the England Cricket Board (ECB) announced that it was withdrawing men and women’s playing in Pakistan. The tournament that was scheduled to begin the next month will not be seeing the light of the day. This incident took place two days after the New Zealand cricket team canceled Pakistan tour a few minutes before the match at Rawalpindi, Islamabad.
According to Chaudhry, Pakistan is facing the consequences of PM Imran Khan’s ‘absolutely not’ which he said in an interview when he was questioned if he would allow the USA to use Pakistan as the place to start the Afghan operation. The statement took the internet by storm and created an uproar in the US media.
In response to the question on back-to-back withdrawals of the two teams, Chaudhry said, “If you say ‘absolutely not’ then it has a price that you have to pay. I think the nation of Pakistan is ready to pay the price and tackle such challenges.”
Chaudhury admitted that the withdrawals have caused a huge financial loss of roughly Rs200-Rs250 million to Pakistan Television alone and called it an ‘extremely unfortunate thing’.