The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has indefinitely postponed its scheduled tour of the Netherlands in July this year after consulting with Dutch cricket authorities due to the threat of coronavirus.
The PCB made the announcement after the Dutch government banned all sports and cultural events until September 1, 2020, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
It was to be played in Amstelveen from July 4 to 9.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan regretted the postponement of the series, saying that the scheduled tour of the Netherlands was being postponed in July but in the current circumstances it was the right decision as human lives are more important than any cricket match or any activity.
The PCB chief executive lamented the loss of lives from the coronavirus in the Netherlands, saying that the Netherlands was severely affected by the coronavirus.
And on the occasion, like all other countries, the Pakistan Cricket Board stands side by side with the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) and we hope that it will overcome this difficult situation soon.
Wasim Khan said that the Pakistan cricket team always enjoyed the tour of the Netherlands and as soon as the situation returned to normal, the PCB, realizing its responsibility, would start preparing a new schedule for the tour of the Netherlands in consultation with the NCB.
However, the Chief Executive PCB clarified that the schedule of Pakistan men's cricket team's tour of Ireland consisting of two T20 matches and tour of England consisting of 3 Test and 3 T20 matches have been maintained.
He said that he was in touch with his counterparts in England and Ireland, adding that the PCB would be happy to seek guidance from the host boards on these tours as usual. Health and safety will not be compromised.
KNCB chief Betty Timmer regretted the postponement of the tour, saying "we cannot host any cricket activities in the Netherlands during the summer."
"Ensuring the health and safety of players, fans, and staff during the Coronavirus threat is our top priority, and the ban imposed by the Dutch government in this regard is understandable," he said.
"I am hopeful that the situation will be under control by next season and we will once again be ready to host cricket teams," said Betty Timmer.