England fast bowler Mark Wood ‘worried’ about going back to Pakistan for Test series after assassination attempt on former prime minister and ex-cricketer Imran Khan
- England are due to play three Tests in an eagerly anticipated return to Pakistan
- Follows the success of the Twenty20 leg of the trip in September and October
- But fast bowler Mark Wood is concerned about possible unrest in the country
- Cricket legend Imran Khan, 70, was shot in the leg at a political rally on Thursday
Mark Wood has admitted he is ‘worried’ about going back to Pakistan for England’s Test series next month because of the assassination attempt on Imran Khan.
England’s fastest bowler is concerned about possible unrest in Pakistan after the former Pakistan captain and prime minister was shot in the leg at a political rally in the town of Gujranwala, two and a half hours from Lahore.
‘It’s obviously not great,’ said Wood ahead of Sarturday’s must win final Twenty20 World Cup group game against Sri Lanka here. ‘First of all he’s an ex-cricketer so it’s close to home.
England bowler Mark Wood has admitted he is ‘worried’ about going back to Pakistan
‘We were looked after really well when we were in Pakistan before this trip but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried because we will be going back when there’s been trouble.
‘It will be for people above me to decide what happens. We trust our security guys and if they say it’s fine we will go but I don’t know if this changes things.’
Imran was in a stable condition after the incident in which one person was reported to have been killed and several others injured.
Imran Khan, 70, was shot in the leg at a political rally in the town of Gujranwala on Thursday
The World Cup winning Pakistan captain was on the seventh day of a nationwide tour during which he has held rallies calling for early elections to be called in the country.
England are due to play three Tests in an eagerly anticipated return to Pakistan after the success of the Twenty20 leg of the trip in September and October when they won a seven-match series 4-3.
An England spokesperson said the ECB were monitoring the situation but it was too early to make a judgment on a tour that will begin when England are due to arrive in Pakistan via a warm-up in the UAE on November 26.
Supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan protest following the attempt on his life
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