Last month, 10 gamers had been omitted of the England tour squad after they did not clear the coronavirus take a look at.
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 optimistic within the first spherical. Just a few gamers subsequently cleared a second take a look at and joined the squad in England.
Pakistan play a three-match Test collection towards England beginning on August 5, adopted by three T20 International matches.
“The Board was under pressure when so many players’ tests came positive. Thus sending the cricket team to England during the coronavirus pandemic was quite a tough decision,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan was quoted as saying by a Pakistani channel.
“We kept to our plan to go ahead with the tour because we had in the first place decided to send the team to play our important part in the restoration of world cricket and to keep it on track, it is imperative to continue with matches.”
Khan additionally emphasised that “cricket and Covid-19 will have to co-exist”.
He insisted that there was no different purpose for going forward with the tour to England aside from to make sure that worldwide cricket resumed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
He mentioned the PCB additionally took into consideration that the West Indies proceeded with their tour of England regardless of the pandemic.
“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,” he mentioned.
“The West Indies (cricket team) decided to go to England when the situation was quite worse over there (due to the pandemic).”
Khan mentioned worldwide groups had been having a distinct notion about taking part in in Pakistan.
“They are more willing to come now. Tell me why did not these teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh come for Tests and white ball cricket before we took over. We also brought the MCC side and the Bangladesh women’s team. All this gives us confidence that more teams will be coming to Pakistan soon.”
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