PCB chairman ‘very optimistic’ England tour can still go ahead

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could be very optimistic that their upcoming tour to the UK can nonetheless go forward after having a gathering with their English counterparts (ECB).

The UK has been among the many worst-hit international locations on the earth by the coronavirus pandemic and they’re nonetheless persevering with to maneuver slowly and step by step out of the nationwide lockdown that has been in place since late March.

The PCB and the ECB mentioned all of the operational plans being put into place for the three Checks and three T20Is that Pakistan are scheduled to play beginning in early August.

One of many choices spoken about is to maintain the vacationers in a bio-secure atmosphere by all their matches on tour, with one venue used for practices and one other two venues in shut proximity used for all six matches.

PCB chief govt, Wasim Khan, informed ESPNcricinfo: “We had been offered with numerous the planning and element that the ECB are placing into place for this summer time, particularly on the operational aspect, proper from the aircraft for journey to the bio-secure venues we are going to play in.

“It was very, very encouraging from that standpoint and the PCB could be very optimistic concerning the plans in place.”

England gamers are anticipated to return to particular person skills-based workouts subsequent week after the federal government eased some lockdown restrictions earlier this week.

The Pakistan tour going forward will nonetheless depend upon quite a lot of elements with Khan saying that they’d nonetheless want to debate all plans with their gamers and assess how they really feel concerning the state of affairs.

“We’ll be chatting with the gamers this coming week and replace them on the ECB’s plans,” Khan mentioned.

“We’re not going to power any participant to tour if they do not really feel snug.”

– TEAMtalk media

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