Coronavirus Impact:Pakistan’s tour to Ireland for T20Is postponed

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In another major cricket event impacted by global pandemic of Coronavirus, Pakistan Cricket Board and Ireland Cricket has decided to postpone it’s T20 Internaitionals. It has been decided after Ireland Government said that no sporting event in Country would be start till August 10.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland today decided to postpone their two-T20I series in July after the Ireland Government announced behind closed-door matches can only be possible after 10 August. This date coincides with Pakistan’s tour to England for three Tests and as many T20Is for which the side is scheduled to depart late July, ” PCB statement on its official website read.

The matches in Dublin were planned for 12 and 14 July.

“It is sad that due the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have to postpone our tour to Ireland. We were looking forward to returning to the venue, where we featured against Ireland in their inaugural Test in 2018, and country where our players have always been supported and admired by the friendly and knowledgeable fans, ” PCB CEO Waseem Khan said.

“We fully respect and endorse CI’s decision at this difficult time. As we have all reiterated, the safety and security of players, officials and fans comes first. It remains a challenging time for all nations that are due to be hosting home series in the coming months; we as a cricketing family will continue to rally and work closely togethertogether, ” He further said.

“With the Irish Government announcement on 1 May regarding the gradual process of lifting restrictions here in Ireland, it unfortunately became impossible to host the Pakistan T20Is in Dublin on the scheduled dates, ” PCB website quoted Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom.

“We subsequently discussed scenarios around delaying the fixtures – or even playing them elsewhere – but with numerous complications around Government roadmap timelines, bio-security, quarantining, and scheduling harmony, it just hasn’t been possible to find a way to get the matches played.”

“We deeply regret this, as the cricketing bonds between Ireland and Pakistan are strong, and we were very excited to host the world’s top T20 side. We look forward to a time when we can once again meet on the pitch and wish our Pakistan Cricket Board colleagues good health during these challenging times.”