Pakistan’s tour of England ‘track off’ despite Dutch ODI cancellation


23 April 2020, revised IST

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Wasim Khan

Pakistan’s tour of England is “on track” despite an indefinite suspension of three ODIs in the Netherlands in July.

The Dutch government has banned all sports and cultural events until 1 September as part of measures to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

Pakistan was scheduled to play three ODIs in Amstelveen on July 4, 7 and 9, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday that the tour was over.

Pakistan will play two T20 matches in Ireland before the start of three T20 series against England at Lord’s on 30 July.

Wasim Khan, chief executive of the PCB, said in a press release that the visit was still ongoing as the situation remained stable.

“Sadly we had to postpone our July tour in the Netherlands, but in the current situation it is the right thing to do as human life is much more valuable and valuable than a cricket match or event,” he said. .

“The Netherlands has been severely affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and we extend our deepest condolences to all those who lost their lives. Like any other country, the PCB stands firm with the KNCB and hopes that they will be able to overcome this crisis.”

“Pakistan national cricket teams have always enjoyed the tour of the Netherlands and as soon as the situation returns to normal the PCB will be involved with the KNCB to reschedule the tour so that we can fulfill our responsibilities.

“The Pakistan national men’s cricket team has a tour of Ireland, two T20 internationals, and England, three Tests and three T20 international matches at this stage.

“We are keeping an observation brief and liaising with our partners in Dublin and London, respectively.

“As always, the PCB would be happy to be hosted by the hosts on upcoming tours without compromising on the health and safety of its players and team-supporting staff.”