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Pakistan could play more Tests in tour of England if it goes ahead

Pakistan Cricket Board
Pakistan Cricket Board

KARACHI: Pakistan might play more Test matches during their tour of England if it goes ahead as scheduled in July after the West Indies pulled out of an assignment there in June owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board officials are due to have a video conference on May 18 to discuss how they should proceed with the tour given the situation because of the pandemic. “At present we have to play three Tests and three T20 internationals but the number of Tests could be increased and the tour could start a bit early in July,” a PCB source said.

The source said that the ECB could offer to organise a four or five Test series against Pakistan if the West Indies tour didn’t go ahead. Issues that are likely to be discussed in the May 18 meet are a quarantine period for Pakistani players when they arrive in England in July and limiting the venues for the matches and playing before empty stadiums.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan confirmed the video conference but said so far, the ECB has not spoken to them on increasing the number of matches on the tour which is scheduled between July and September. “Things will be clear after the meeting but whatever decision we take we will consult our captains and head coaches before giving any confirmation,” Khan said. The PCB has so far kept mum on the chances of the series taking place in England because of the COVID-19 situation. – PTI

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