The England and Wales Cricket Board offers a tour of England to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and gives a presentation in this regard.
The PCB satisfies with the offer and the features outlined in this regard. However, a final decision will be made in three to four weeks.
It recalls that the Pakistan cricket team schedules to play three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals in England in August. All these matches will be played in a secured stadium without spectators.
Earlier, Pakistan’s two-match T20 series against Ireland was canceled in July.
‘Pakistan’s visit to England requires government permission’
PCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan tells that the England and Wales Cricket Board officials briefs him in detail on all aspects of the tour, most notably, importance is given to the health and safety of the players.
Wasim Khan says that according to the presentation, the Pakistani team will visit England in the first week of July where it will have to spend the first 14 days in quarantine. After that they will start their normal practice.
Wasim Khan says that the Pakistan team will go to England on a chartered flight instead of a normal flight, the cost of which will be borne by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Wasim Khan says that there would be no warm-up match with any county during the Pakistan team’s tour, so the England and Wales Cricket Board asks the Pakistan Cricket Board to send 25 players for the tour. “The cost of the extra players will be borne by the host board.”
Wasim Khan says that regular tests of players and officials will be taken during the tour as both the cricket boards do not want to compromise on the health of the players.
The CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board says that the grounds of the three Test matches to be played during the tour have not been decided yet but since there are hotels at the grounds of Old Trafford and Southampton, Test matches will be possible to occur at these grounds.
But the final decision will be made after the England and West Indies series. The England Cricket Board has also said that it will provide a practice ground to the Pakistan team.
Wasim Khan says he would “talk to the government of Pakistan as well” about the visit.
“Because this visit is going to take place in an extraordinary situation, the permission of the government will be required,” he said.
He says he will also talk to all the players next week. “The players will not be put under any pressure to tour but we see that all the players are very excited about the tour and want to be back on the field as soon as possible.“
Consideration is also being given to start training of Pakistani players soon.