The English men's and women's cricket teams will no longer travel to Pakistain, the ECB has announced ©Getty Images

England's men's and women's cricket teams have pulled out of their series with Pakistan, which was due to take place next month, citing security concerns in the country.

It was set to be the first time the English women's team travelled to Pakistan and the first time since 2005 for the men.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) added that it would be difficult to put pressure on players who have been playing under COVID-19 already.

"We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region," said the ECB in a statement.

"We 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.

"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 T20 World Cup, where performing well remains a top priority for 2021.

"We understand this decision will be a significant disappointment to the Pakistan Cricket Board, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country."

England were due to go to Pakistan prior to the Twenty20 World Cup for matches on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi, dates that the women were set to play on too.

The women's team were also set to compete on October 17, 19 and 21.

No international cricket has been played in Pakistan for six years.

On Friday (September 17), New Zealand's men's team abandoned their tour to the country due to a "specific and credible threat".

That threat has not been named, and while the ECB did not specifically refer to it, security reasons are said to have played a factor in its decision.