PCB cancels practice session, Pakistan to leave for England early
Pakistan cricket team to tour England next month. Pakistan had planned to practice in Lahore for that series. But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has backtracked on the plan due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country. Cricketers’ practice in Lahore has been canceled.
In recent times, the number of coronavirus cases has increased across Pakistan. Currently, the number of coronavirus cases in the country is more than one lakh.
The PCB said in a statement:
“Recently, due to the coronavirus situation across the country, plans to train cricketers in Lahore have been canceled.”
The Pakistan cricket team is now making other plans as the practice was canceled on home soil. They are thinking of leaving for England a little earlier so that there is no shortage of practice for the Test series. Arriving in England, the PCB wants to complete the practice session there. The PCB has already discussed the matter with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Pakistan are set to play a Test series on English soil in full compliance with the ICC’s rules for playing cricket during this time of coronavirus. The first Test of the series is scheduled to start on August 5. The Pakistan cricket team will arrive in England at least a month before the first Test of the series in Manchester. The first two weeks of the tour will be spent in quarantine.
The other two Tests of the series will be played in Southampton. It will start on August 13 and 21. There will be three T20s in the same ground. The first two T20s will be on August 28 and 30. Pakistan will end their tour of England with the third T20 on September 1.