The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), last week, announced a 29-member squad for the tour of England slated to take place in August. In what promises to be a historic tour of England by Pakistan, the England Cricket Board (ECB) will assist their counterparts in various ways to make the trip a safe and successful one. Meanwhile, Pakistan received yet another boost as their Prime Minister cleared the national team’s visit to the United Kingdom.
The national team is scheduled to reach the United Kingdom’s shores by the end of this month to play three Tests, and three T20Is spread over August and September. The 29 players and 14 officials would spend a couple of weeks in quarantine after reaching there and another 3-4 weeks in a bio-secure environment. Before the first Test in Lord’s, they will have isolation training among themselves.
As reported by a PCB source, the Prime Minister notified the Board’s chairman, Ehsan Mani that Pakistan should go to play in England as the fans would be anxious to witness sport amid a global health crisis.
“The prime minister told Mani that the Pakistan team should go to England for the Test and T20 series as people want to see cricket and other sports activities to resume despite the coronavirus pandemic.” the source stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Imran Khan ordered the Pakistan Cricket Board not to lay off any employee:
The COVID-19 pandemic has arguably been hard on the common people, having suffered the loss of jobs and livelihoods. Cricket Australia has already laid off up to 80% of their staff; however, the cricketer-turned-politician has told not to end the services of any employee, especially under current circumstances.
“Imran made it clear to Mani not to end the services of anyone until the pandemic is going on due to the dire economic forecast and problems facing the people.” the source added.