Pakistan Positive They Will Play England In August

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Pakistan team agree in principle to travel to England in August. Photo courtesy of: Deccan Herald

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have met over a conference call to discuss their August tour. Pakistan is due to travel to England in August for three Tests and three T20s.

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PCB chief executive, Wasim Khan, said, “We were presented with a lot of the planning and detail that the ECB is putting into place for this summer, especially on the operational side, right from the plane for travel to the bio-secure venues we will play in.”

The United Kingdom has been the worst-hit European country by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has relaxed lockdown regulations.

Elite athletes can resume training at their facilities this week. However, all venues would have to be deep cleaned and players have to adhere to social distancing.

“These are very tentative steps to returning to play,” said England director of cricket Ashley Giles.

However, Khan has stated that no player will be forced to travel to England. Each player will make their own decision on their playing status. Although he was confident that all the players would agree to travel.

“It was very, very encouraging from that point of view and the PCB is very optimistic about the plans in place,” Khan added.

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“We’re going to be speaking to the players this coming week and update them on the ECB’s plans, if a player doesn’t want to go, we will accept their decision and take no disciplinary action,” Khan added.

The PCB and ECB decided that the games would be played behind closed doors. The visitors will be contained in a “bio-secure environment”. There were further discussions over different venues being used for practices and the games.

The PCB plans are however tentative they will need to wait for their plans to be permitted by the Pakistan government.

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