Pakistan’s Tour to Ireland for T20 Series Postponed Indefinitely
After the postponement of Pakistan’s tour to The Netherlands earlier this month, the national team’s tour to Ireland was also postponed on Thursday due to the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.
A press release issued by the PCB on Thursday said: “Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland today decided to postpone their two-T20I series in July after the Ireland Government declared behind-closed-door games could only be probable after Aug 10. This date coincides with Pakistan’s tour to England for three Tests and as many T20Is for which the side is scheduled to leave late July.”
The matches in Dublin were prepared for July 12 and 14. The Pakistan tour of Netherlands for three One-day International scheduled from Jul 4 was already after the Dutch government had delayed the sporting ventures till Sept 1 due to the virus.
The future of Pakistan’s tour to England for three Tests and as many T20 matches series is also in doldrums because the UK continues one of the most seriously hit countries in the world due to the pandemic. A conference between the PCB and ECB administrators is planned for Friday on a video to review the difficulties in touring England and to get the answers. A decision about the series, though, will be carried in mid-June.
PCB’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan stated: “It is unfortunate that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have to delay our trip to Ireland. We were looking forward to returning to the venue, where we starred against Ireland in their inaugural Test in 2018. The country where our athletes have always been encouraged and appreciated by the friendly and knowledgeable enthusiasts.
“We completely respect and support CI’s decision at this challenging time. As we have all repeated, the safety and protection of players, administrators, and fans come first. It remains a challenging experience for all countries due to be hosting home series in the following months; we as a cricketing family will continue to encourage and work together.
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom stated: “With the Irish Government announcement on May 1 about the gradual method of lifting restrictions here in Ireland, unfortunately, it became unlikely to host the Pakistan T20Is in Dublin on the cataloged dates.
“We consequently discussed situations around preventing the fixtures — or even playing them away — but with various complications around Government roadmap timelines, bio-security, quarantining, and scheduling harmony, it just hasn’t been conceivable to find a way to get the matches played.”
The World Cup runners-up were due to arrive in June and play eight limited-overs fixtures, with 20-over and 50-over games against Scotland in Edinburgh, a T20 against the Netherlands in Rotterdam as well as five contests against Ireland in Bready and Belfast.