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'Cricket in shambles': After NZ pullout England too cancels Pakistan tour

The England Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday decided to cancel its tour to Pakistan days after New Zealand had pulled its team out at the last-minute ahead of its series due to "security" concerns.

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England's men and women teams are due to play two Twenty20s in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14. The women's team are also due to play three ODIs in Pakistan on October 17, 19, and 21.

The England Cricket Board in a tweet said the board had recluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip.

On the other hand, New Zealand are set to return to the sub-continent in November to play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Test matches in India, two months after abandoning their tour of Pakistan.

The ECB issued a detailed news statement which stated: 

"The ECB has a longstanding commitment to tour Pakistan as part of the Men's Future Tours Programme in 2022.

"Earlier this year, we agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, adding a short women's tour with double headers alongside the men's games.

"The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women's and Men's games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip.

"The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our highest priority and this is even more critical given the times we are currently living in. We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted Covid environments.

"We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship.  We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022."
 
"There is the added complexity for our Men's T20 squad. We believe that touring under these conditions will not be ideal preparation for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, where performing well remains a top priority for 2021.

'Decision disappointed us'

Pakistan Cricket Board's chairman Ramiz Raja said the English Cricket Board had also disappointed us.

"Pakistan depesrately needs the revival of international cricket. The ECB's decision is sheer disappointment," he said in a tweet.   

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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled.

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Seoul: Friends, a song produced by BTS’ Jimin and V is reportedly being featured in the latest installment of Marvel Film "The Eternals" directed by Chloe Zhao. The song was produced by band member Jimin.

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled. Apparently, the information came from a document that Disney released.

The news got confirmed when Marvel News shared a list of songs included in the soundtrack for Eternals. 

Beside Friends, the included songs are Celine Sharma’s Nach Mera Hero, Juice by Lizzo, and Time by Pink Floyd. 

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Written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals has a huge ensemble cast— featuring Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and others.

The upcoming film is confirmed to be set partially in the past and in the future. 

The Marvel franchise is set to hit cinemas on November 5, 2021.  

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Coronavirus: Pakistan records lowest daily death toll of fourth wave

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 689 cases of coronavirus were reported while 18 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,152.

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Islamabad: Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.62% with 689 new cases. 

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 689 cases of coronavirus were reported while 18 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,152.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

The total number of cases has reached 1,259,648.

As many as 1,189,742 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,280 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 436,442 in the province with 12,792 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 463,167 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,502.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,048 in the province with 5,650 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,083 confirmed cases while 350 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,354 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 739. On the other hand, there are 10,353 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,201 cases in the capital city while 933 people have lost their lives.   

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,132 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives. 

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