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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is the former captain, has given the green signal to national cricket team’s tour of England amid the cornavirus pandemic. The two teams will play the three-match Test and T20I series from August.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani and Imran Khan had a meeting in Islamabad where the former gave him updates on cricket-related matters. In the meeting, according to the PCB source, Imran approved for the tour to resume sports activities for the entertainment of people.
“The prime minister told Mani that the Pakistan team should go to England for the Test and T20 series as people want to see cricket and other sports activities to resume despite the coronavirus pandemic,” a PCB source said.
Imran Khan disagrees with staff termination amid the pandemic:
Further, the source added that the World Cup-winning captain, Imran has, however, urged to follow proper health guidelines for the safety of players and staff travelling to England. During the discussion, Imran also cleared Mani not to terminate any staff member. However, PCB has slashed the salary of the players as well as staff.
“Imran made it clear to Mani not to end the services of anyone until the pandemic is going on due to the dire economic forecast and problems facing the people.”
Pakistan team will travel by the end of this month:
Pakistan’s 29 players and 14 officials will reach several weeks before the start of the bilateral series to follow two to three weeks quarantine period. The touring nation will be kept in a bubble (bio-secure environment) where they will not be allowed to meet outsiders. A medical team will be with the team to do regular COVID-19 tests.
The series will also follow the new ICC rule to ban the use of saliva in the wake of the novel coronavirus. It will be interesting to see how things unfold for the bowlers without any assistance on the ball.