Pakistan’s Cricket Board Looking to Play Home Series as World T20 and Asia Cup in Despair
The PCB is currently working on different options to bring home-series games to Pakistan this year as both World T20 and Asia Cup are unlikely to happen this year due to the virus outbreak.
Reports stated that the PCB performing on an idea to stage limited-overs series in October-November and is considering over inviting England for a three-match T20 series.
The PCB has already agreed in theory to send the Pakistan cricket team to England for a full tour in July to play three Test matches and the same number of T20Is after seeking proper approval from Pakistan Government.
According to reliable sources, the PCB is functioning on these new plans after the recent ICC meeting where essential matters like a decision on World T20 was to be taken. Still, the meeting was deferred until June 10.
It has been learnt that the ICC World T20 won’t take place this year though Cricket Australia and therefore the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) are yet to agree on an alternate plan for asserting the planet T20 to next year.
According to sources, Cricket Australia wants to postpone this year World T20 until next year and needs India to host World T20 in 2022 rather than 2021. However, the BCCI is yet to agree on this, and therefore the matter is now likely to be discussed in the next ICC meeting.
Besides, it’s been learnt through reliable sources that the PCB has also sharply raised the difficulty of leakage of the tip to Indian media before the important ICC meeting and have demanded an investigation into the matter.
It has been learnt that quite a few other member cricket boards have also lodged their protest to ICC over the leaked info during a teleconference persisted Sunday. Several Board members had raised their concerns over this issue recently and felt it required immediate attention to make sure the sanctity and confidentiality of Board matters in line with the highest standards of governance.
There was unanimous agreement to initiate right away an independent investigation led by the ICC’s Ethics Officer and supported by global experts. The Board are going to be updated on this by the ICC CEO at its next meeting on June 10.
The Board also asked the ICC management recommence with their discussions with stakeholders in exploring various options in light of the rapidly changing public health situation effected by the Covid-19 pandemic.