Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan said on Saturday that sending Pakistan cricket team on England tour during the coronavirus pandemic was quite a tough decision, but “cricket and COVID-19 will have to co-exist”.
According to the PCB official, the situation became quite tense when cricket team players started testing positive for COVID-19.
“However, for the restoration of world cricket and to keep it on track, it is imperative to continue with matches”, he added.
“COVID-19 and cricket will have to co-exist, there was no other reason for this decision other than the [revival of] global cricket,” the official said.
Wasim Khan said that, “Whenever we are asked regarding our decision to proceed with the tour to England, the same question should also be posed to the West Indies cricket team, which has also continued with scheduled matches.”
“The West Indies (cricket team) decided to go to England when the situation was quite worse over there (due to the pandemic),” he said, adding that, following suit, the PCB officials also made their decision.
He emphasized that decisions based on security matters and those in light of the coronavirus pandemic differ in their dynamics.
Speaking about international cricket in Pakistan, the PCB official said that international teams are changing their perspective regarding Pakistan and they think matches should take place here.