A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that after 10 players were found to be Coronavirus positive, there was a lot of pressure on the board whether they would send their team to England tour or not. But to ensure the resumption of the game amid the epidemic, the PCB decided to send the team on a tour.
Last month, 10 players were dropped from the England tour squad after they were found positive in the Corona virus test. Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Hyder Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti were among the players who were found positive in the first round.
Pakistan will play a 3 Test match series against England from August 5, followed by a series of three T20 internationals. A Pakistani channel was quoted by PCB CEO Wasim Khan as saying, “When so many players were found positive, there was a lot of pressure on the board. Therefore, it was a difficult decision to send the cricket team on a tour of England amid the corona virus epidemic.
“We decided to stick to our plan to go on tour because we had decided to send the team in the beginning because we wanted to play our important role in restoring world cricket,” he said.
Khan said there was no other reason for deciding to go on a tour to England other than to ensure the resumption of international cricket in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic. He said the PCB also noted that the West Indies decided to go on a tour of England despite the epidemic.
Khan said, “Whenever we are asked about the decision to go on tour to England, the same question should be asked to the West Indies cricket team, which decided to continue the match as per the pre-determined schedule”.
“The West Indies cricket team decided to go to England at a time when the situation was very bad (due to an epidemic),” he said. Khan said that international teams now have a different perception about playing in Pakistan.
He said, 'They are willing to come now. Tell me why teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh did not come for Test or limited overs cricket before we took charge. We brought the MCC team as well as the Bangladesh women's team. This gave us confidence that soon more teams will come to Pakistan.