PCB CEO says COVID-19 and cricket should ‘co-exist’ in present state of affairs

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PCB CEO Wasim Khan mentioned that worldwide groups are altering their perspective relating to Pakistan and so they suppose matches ought to happen right here — File picture

Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan mentioned on Saturday that sending the Pakistan cricket workforce on a tour to England throughout the coronavirus pandemic was fairly a troublesome name, including that within the present state of affairs “cricket and COVID-19 will have to co-exist”.

The PCB official made the assertion whereas chatting with Geo News in the present day. He mentioned that the state of affairs grew to become fairly tense when cricket workforce gamers began testing constructive for COVID-19.

“However,” the official mentioned, “for the restoration of world cricket and to keep it on track, it is imperative to continue with matches.”

“COVID-19 and cricket will have to co-exist, there was no other reason for this decision other than the [revival of] global cricket,” he added.

Khan mentioned that, “Whenever we are asked regarding our decision to proceed with the tour to England, the same question should also be posed to the West Indies cricket team, which has also continued with scheduled matches.”

“The West Indies (cricket team) decided to go to England when the situation was quite worse over there (due to the pandemic),” he mentioned, including that, following swimsuit, the PCB officers additionally made their resolution.

He emphasised that choices based mostly on safety issues and people in gentle of the coronavirus pandemic differ of their dynamics.

Speaking on worldwide cricket in Pakistan, the PCB official mentioned that worldwide groups are altering their perspective relating to Pakistan and so they suppose matches ought to happen right here.

Earlier in June, round 10 gamers had been omitted of the England tour squad after they did not clear the coronavirus take a look at.

Players Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti had been amongst those that examined constructive within the first spherical. A number of gamers subsequently cleared a second take a look at and left for England to affix the squad.

The Pakistan cricket workforce is at present in England the place they are going to play three Tests and as many T20Is.

The opening Test will likely be performed at Old Trafford, Manchester from August 5-9, which will likely be adopted by again to again Tests on the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, from August 13-17 and August 21-25.

The motion will then return to Manchester, with Old Trafford internet hosting the three T20Is on August 28, 30 and September 1.