Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed its concern on the Coronavirus pandemic and has said that it cannot take an immediate decision on the team’s England tour. The pandemic has compelled all the cricket boards to stop cricket matches in their nation so as to avoid the breach of safety measures.
In case you did not know, Pakistan Cricket team was scheduled to visit the United Kingdom in July to play Tests and T20Is against the home side. This series was also a part of the ICC World Test Championship. Hence, the stakes were very high.
However, not that the Coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to end soon, Pakistan has said that it will decide soon whether or not to continue the England tour as per schedule.
Pakistan Cricket Board wants four months time
The chief executive of PCB, Wasim Khan talked to media last night where he touched this topic. He said that the officials feel the health of the players is more important. Thus, they are trying to ensure that there are enough safety measures followed in England.
Here’s what he said:
“Health and safety is paramount for our players and officials and we are not going to compromise on it. The situation in England is poor right now, and we will ask them about their plans. We are not making any decisions, but we will assess and decide in the next three to four weeks.”
He further pointed out that since the tour features three Tests, the Pakistani team will stay in England for a longer period. Ultimately, he talked about the financial condition of PCB and continued:
“The next 12 months will be tough for cricket financially. Thankfully, the PCB is fine for the next 12 months but thereafter, in 18 months’ time, we will also have problems.”