Pakistan and Ireland T20 series postponed due to Corona

Pakistan and Ireland T20 series postponed due to Corona

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Ireland have announced the postponement of a two-match T20 series scheduled for July due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The two boards made the joint decision after the Irish government announced that it would not be possible to hold closed-door matches before August 10.

It is not possible to hold the series from Ireland after August 10, as the Pakistan cricket team will be in England these days to play a series consisting of 3 Tests and 3 Twenty20 matches.

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Pakistan and Ireland were scheduled to play a series of 2T20 matches in Dublin on July 12 and 14.

Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, lamented the postponement of the tour of Ireland in view of the coronavirus epidemic.
We were looking forward to playing cricket at a venue where Pakistan played its first Test match against Ireland in 2018.

"We were looking forward to playing cricket in a country where fans have always encouraged Pakistani players," Wasim Khan said.

"We fully respect and uphold Cricket Ireland's decision in these difficult times. For us, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of the players, officials, and fans," he added.

He said that in these circumstances it is difficult for all countries to hold their home series and in the meantime, we all have to work together like a cricketing family.

Wasim Khan said that the PCB stands by Cricket Ireland in these difficult times and we will look forward to visiting Ireland once again as soon as the situation returns to normal.

On the other hand, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Duterm said that after the Irish government's decision to lift the phased lockdown on May 1, it was not possible to host the Pakistan cricket team on these dates.

"We have considered various options for holding the series, but due to government regulations, biosecurity, quarantine, and many other issues, it is not possible for us to hold these matches," he said.

"We are very sorry to not be able to host the best T20 cricket team," said Chief Executive Cricket Ireland.
 However, there is a strong relationship between Pakistan and the Irish Cricket Board and we will look forward to the time when we will once again be able to compete in the field of cricket.

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