Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed with England Cricket Board’s plan to play the three-match Test and T20I series in August. On Friday, ECB had provided a visual presentation to PCB on how they will offer a secure and safe environment to Pakistani players amid the global Pandemic.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan informed that the board was impressed with ECB’s proposal, but the final decision will be taken after consenting the players. Although the series would start in August, the PCB will have to send their players in July to follow 14-day quarantine as per the UK’s government rule.
“We had a detailed and comprehensive discussion with the ECB on Friday and after that briefing, the PCB has agreed on principle to send the Pakistan cricket team to England in July for three Tests and three T20I series,” said Wasim in an exclusive interview with Dawn.
“The detailed presentation was impressive and we are happy with the plans. But we will brief the players next week and a final decision will be made after getting consent from the players and with the permission of the Government.”
PCB to send 25 players to tour England:
The PCB further informed that ECB would arrange charted planes and 25 players will tour England to play the series behind closed doors. The venues for the series have still not been fixed, but ECB has initially proposed to host the three-match Test series in Manchester and South Hampton. Later on, venues for the three-match T20 series will also be finalized.
Wasim said that a medical team would also be present with the players to check their temperatures regularly. Hotels will be arranged near the stadium, and practice sessions will also be provided. PCB also clarified that no extra payments for players would be made for this tour.