PCB & ECB Reject the Idea of Playing Series at a Neutral Venue
Both Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and England Cricket Board (ECB) have rejected the idea of arranging a series in another country due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
According to the reports, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had offered to host the Pakistan-England Test series as the island nation has a controlled situation in terms of the pandemic.
Earlier, England’s limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan, had said that they are open to the idea of playing Tests and other formats simultaneously, meaning that the hosts can play two series – Pakistan or West Indies and Australia – at one time.
Pakistan’s tour to England is scheduled to begin on 30th July as they have 3 Test matches against England following which the Green Shirts will play against the Netherlands and Ireland. All cricketing activities have been banned in England until at least the start of June due to coronavirus fears.
Earlier this month, England Captain suggests a new solution to playing cricket in this extraordinary time. With all cricketing activities suspended in England until May 28th, the World-Cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan, has said that he is open to the idea of two teams playing against two different teams simultaneously.
England is set to host the West Indies for a 3-match Test series, Australia for ODIs and T20Is and then Pakistan for another 3-match Test series between June and August. If they adopt the proposed approach, England’s ODI team led by Eoin Morgan could face Australia at the same time when their Test team led by Joe Root will play against either Pakistan or the West Indies.
Talking about the possibilities, Morgan said “I see every option being viable during this extraordinary time. Certainly, I’ve never experienced anything like it and I don’t think anyone else has. I think the serious nature of the situation economically and financially for the game is something that we have never come across.”
A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday expressedoptimism that the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup will take place as planned, while also saying that the situation about Pakistan’s tour of England was being monitored in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
“As per everywhere else in the world, sport has ceased for the time being due to the coronavirus. The health and wellbeing of people take precedent and we at the PCB will always put the health and wellbeing of our staff, players and officials first,” PCB chief executive officer Wasim Khan told Dawn.
“We will continue to speak to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB); this remains an evolving situation and we will monitor it week-by-week. It is too early to say at this stage if the tour will go ahead or not. United Kingdom has been hit pretty badly by Covid-19 so we will need to be convinced first and foremost that it is safe for our squad to travel and play.”