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Should Pakistan cancel England Cricket Tour, as UK suffers highest Cornavirus Deaths in Europe

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  1. AsianLion

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    PCB urged to stop Pakistani players to go and play in England due to UK suffering highest Covid-19 infection cases and topping the highest death toll in Europe leaving Italy and Spain behind. Already alot of Pakistani people have left UK due to the worse conditions in United Kingdom now.

    PCB must act for safety and well-being of Pakistani players - Team players and Officials must not play England Cricket Series, as UK now have highest Europen Cornavirus Deaths. Serious issues in UK, for Pakistani players catching Covid-19 fatal infection.

    Will Pakistan tour England this summer?
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    Serious doubt because of the global coronavirus outbreak but there was a glimmer of hope over the weekend when it was revealed that England’s cricket authorities are positive about saving the

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    serious doubt because of the global coronavirus outbreak.

    Pakistan are supposed to play three Tests in England during July-August. The series is part of the inaugural World Test Championship and is the high point of Pakistan’s calendar in red-ball cricket.

    However, the coronavirus pandemic had raised serious doubts about having any cricket in England this summer as the country is among the hardest hit by the outbreak.

    But a top official of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said that the Board was confident of saving this year’s season despite all odds.

    Ashley Giles, the ECB Managing Director, has expressed confidence that England will play their full international schedule later this summer.

    England have postponed their cricket season until May 28 and are currently in the middle of a discussion with other international boards regarding their upcoming fixtures. They are slated to play West Indies in a three-Test series beginning in early June, with further series against Australia, Pakistan and Ireland scheduled later in the year.

    “I’m positive that we’ll get some cricket in later in the summer,” said Giles. “We’re looking at all scenarios, with a focus on protecting some of our bigger games — Test matches, one-day internationals, T20Is — and perhaps pushing those matches back as far as possible without losing any cricket.

    “That is possible and I think we have to hang on to the hope that we will get out there and we will play; whether that’s behind closed doors or in front of full houses, none of us quite know.”

    England are also looking at selecting two separate teams for white-ball and red-ball cricket to play at the same time to make up for the lost days.

    “We’ve certainly looked at playing two formats around the same time; you could have a Test match running and play a T20 or ODI the day before or day after a Test,” Giles said. “There will obviously come a point where you can’t do that anymore. You can’t overlay them — you can’t play two games on the same day — so at some point international cricket is going to drop off.

    “I’m still hopeful right now we won’t get to that point. We’ve got to remain with that positive mindset we can do it and that we’ll get some cricket in.”

    The former spinner also suggested that England could play an intra-squad match, similar to the one Australia played before last year’s Ashes, that will serve as a warm-up after the long cricket break when the season gets underway.

    “Certainly we’d need to play a couple of warm-up games; I think that [intra-squad game] would be a decent idea and a decent way around the problem more broadly. I think we could do that.

    “Believe me, we will do whatever we can – as long as our people are safe – to get out there and play cricket,” he said.

    West-Indies likely to call off England Tour over fears of infections.

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    Yes avoid cricket and such things with uk and europe only safe place right now is china.
     
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    When Pakistan was going through tough time like being attacked by terrorists no one came to Pakistan, Now UK is being attacked by enemy which you can't see with naked eye, So its fitting that Pakistan should do the same and save players from danger.
     
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    Are they gveing matches in the first place.
     
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    It will be very unsafe given the situation.
     
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    Pak should not tour UK this year and who the hell watches 5 days of boring
    test cricket? Test cricket should be banned, I hope covid 19 puts the final
    nail into test cricket.
     
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    Yes and Cricket is boring
     
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    Send the Pakistani team late on in the summer when the virus is at its lowest rate and make a agreement that England tour’s Pakistan
     
  9. Pakistansdefender

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    Well if we go in these times and play without crowds for the tv. I would create a lot of goodwill among English.
    And also help and getting better trade deals post brexit
     
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    Yes, UK has seen the second highest number of deaths and it should be a avoided.
     
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    History tells, Pakistan state is not afraid of sending people to COVID ridden countries.
     
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    Pakistan, England cricket chiefs look to save Test tour
    May 10, 2020

    By Khalid Hussain
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    Pakistan’s cricket chiefs are willing to help save England’s summer from complete disaster in the face of the coronavirus pandemic The News reported.

    Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have confirmed that top PCB and ECB officials would be formally discussing this summer’s Pakistan’s tour of England during a teleconference on May 15.

    Pakistan are scheduled to tour England during the second half of the summer to play three Tests, all part of the ICC World Test Championship, starting from August 5.

    With the home series (three Tests) against West Indies starting July 8 in serious doubt because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, ECB is now banking on Pakistan to send their team and save a significant portion of the summer.

    According to ECB’s own estimates, there would be financial losses to the tune of £380million if the entire summer was wiped out due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In a bid to minimise losses, ECB are even mulling the idea of extending the series against Pakistan from three to four or even five Tests.

    According to sources, ECB is expected to inform PCB officials about their plans for the home series against Pakistan during Friday’s interaction.

    Both Boards have been informally discussing the tour, especially after the coronavirus outbreak but will finally try to make some concrete progress next week.

    Sources said that the PCB is open to all options as long as the ECB comes out with a plan that can ensure the safety of their players.

    “The PCB sees the safety of its players as paramount. If the ECB manages to convince Pakistan that the conditions will be safe for the players then there will be bright chances that the tour will go ahead,” said a source, privy to the discussions around the tour.

    But the Pakistanis are likely to attach one more “very important” condition to their team’s tour.

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    “The Board would go all out to get assurances from ECB that England will play at least some part of the matches in Pakistan during their return tour next year,” said the source.

    Pakistan are scheduled to host England at the end of 2021. Due to security issues, Pakistan have been hosting teams like England in the UAE for more than a decade. However, PCB officials have been in talks with ECB in a bid to convince them to send their team to Pakistan next year.

    “At this moment in time ECB needs Pakistan. It gives PCB the perfect opportunity to secure a home series on home soil against England. Even if they get assurances about some of the matches in Pakistan it will be a breakthrough,” the source said.

    While discussing the possibility of matches in Pakistan during the 2021 series would be on top of PCB’s agenda, the main discussion during the May 15 teleconference will be on the nitty-gritty of Pakistan’s tour of England this summer.

    The PCB is looking forward to hearing a detailed plan from the ECB. This includes the dates and venues of the Tests. All three matches are expected to take place Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Old Trafford in Manchester as these are only two Test venues which have hotel arrangements right next to the cricket grounds.

    Another major issue will be about the travel restrictions. It is understood that one of the major causes for concern for PCB is the rules and regulations in England related to Covid-19. It is expected that the visiting players might be asked to go into quarantine in England.

    When asked about it, a PCB official said that the Board is still awaiting details from the ECB. “We are expecting them (ECB) to give us all the details next week,” he said.

    About the reports of having an extended series in England, the official said that nothing has been discussed about it. “It’s all speculations.”
     
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    The PCB should grow a spine and withdraw. Any "assurance" the ECB gives to play in Pakistan means nothing, it's just a ploy for us to help their bottom dollar. Forget them.
     
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    I am appalled, that Pakistan has even considered embarking on the tour to Britain. When over half the planet is in quarantine, how could we even consider such a thing?!!
     
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    Absolutely appalled by disgusting servitude behaviour of PCB and GOP. There should be no tour unless it is absolutely safe to do so.
     
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