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PCB, CI postpones T20 series amid coronavirus outbreak


Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

14th May, 2020. 10:01 pm
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PCB, CI postpones T20 series
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The Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland have announced the postponement of the Schedule of T20 series in July.

According to details, the joint decision by the two boards was taken after the Irish government announced that it would not be possible to hold closed-door matches before August 10, 2020.

It should be noted that both the teams were to play two T20 matches on July 12 and 14 in Dublin.

In this regard, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan has expressed regret over the postponement of this tour of Ireland in view of the outbreak of Coronavirus.

He said, he was looking forward to playing cricket at a venue where Pakistan played its first Test match against Ireland in 2018.

Wasim Khan said he was looking forward to play cricket in a country where fans have always encouraged Pakistani players.

He added that he fully respects Cricket Ireland’s decision in these difficult times. We all recognize that there is nothing more important than the health and safety of the players, officials and fans.

The Chief Executive PCB said that in these circumstances it is difficult for all the countries to hold their home series and in the meantime we all have to work together as a cricket family.

Wasim Khan said that the PCB stands by Cricket Ireland in these difficult times and we will look forward to visit Ireland once again as soon as the situation returns to normal.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom says it has not been possible to host the Pakistan cricket team on these dates since the Irish government’s decision to lift the phased lockdown on May 1.

“We have considered various options, but due to government regulations, biosecurity, quarantine and many other issues, it is not possible for us to hold these matches,” he said.

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The Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland said that he was very sorry for not being able to host a good team of T20 cricket but there is a strong relationship between Pakistan and Ireland Cricket Board.

“We will wait for the time when we will once again be able to compete on the cricket field,” he added.

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