The second series to be played between
the two countries in Pakistan
was drawn, none of the three Test matches reaching a conclusion, but the
cricket played was made irrelevant by civil disturbances of a most
This tour was a hurriedly arranged
replacement for the cancelled visit to South
Africa and, years later, it is easy to see that it
should never have taken place with Pakistan in the throes of
revolution. The Ceylon tour, cooked up because financial arrangements for a
short Indian tour collapsed, was a serene ten-day interval before the chaos
of PakistanThe players came to no
harm but they were continually at risk as law and order broke down, a
situation that eventually led to civil war.
While the manager was unflappable, he
could never be certain of a safe passage through the country with riots and
demonstrations going on, but the Pakistan Board and High Commission officials
persuaded M.C.C. not to abandon the tour until the third day of the final
Test at Karachi got completely out-of-hand when rioters stormed into the
ground. Fortunately, the team was able to get on the first flight out of Karachi.
Unavailable : Ray Illingworth and Barry Knight (ruled
out by M.C.C. for publishing articles without permission)
Tour party announced :2 December 1968.
The team was the same as that selected for South Africa
Withdrawn:Geoff Boycott (he withdrew on 6 October fearing the health
risks after having his spleen removed). Then Ken Barrington withdrew on 18
October (having suffered a mild heart attack in Australia).On 2 December it was announced that Robin
Hobbs alone would replace the two batsmen, and the team was reduced to a
squad of fiteen.
Not selected:Colin Milburn was named as
reserve, but was not available for the whole tour because of an agreement to
play for Western Australia.
Time between selection and departure from England
(2 December - 21 January
Holding their souvenir razors and foam
from sponsors Gillette, the team flew from London
Airport on 21 January 1969, arriving
the next day.
M.C.C were due to fly to East Pakistan
on 3 February and play at Chittagong next day,
and then in the first Test at Dacca
on 8 February, but this part of the tour was cancelled because of rioting.
After the Ceylon
tour, they flew out of Katunayeke at 10:15 am on 2 February to Karachi.
Time spent in Pakistan
February - 8 March)
Colin Cowdrey (captain),
Tom Graveney (vice-captain), Les Ames (manager)
playing for Western Australia.
He flew into Dacca
when Cowdrey's fitness was in doubt.
Jeff Jones flew home early from Karachi on 3 February with an elbow injury.
There was no replacement.
Colombo Oval later became the P Saravannamuttu Stadium (PSS)
Jeff Jones flew home early from Karachi on 3 February
with an elbow injury.
Colin Cowdrey also returned home slightly
earlier than the rest of the team on the death of his father-in-law.
The Test match was abandoned as a draw
when a mob, furious that cricket was being played on a day marked for
remembrance of those killed in the recent political riots, stormed into
Karachi’s National Stadium.
The team's plane took off from Quaid-e-Azam Airport,
Karachi, on the evening of 8 March and flew
via Cairo, Rome
and Paris (being delayed at each stop) to Heathrow Airport,
Time away from England
January - 9 March)
“The South African trip
was a long one, around four months, but the MCC decided to pay the players
the same amount for the six-week trip to Ceylon
making it well worth their while to go.”Martin Chandler (2010)
The tour was guaranteed for £5000 by the Burmah Oil Company
of the Tour
“The Forgotten Tour”by Martin Chandler (2010)http://www.cricketweb.net/blog/features/264.php