Monday, 18 October 2021

PM Imran Khan clears cricket team’s England tour

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MANCHESTER: Prime Minister Imran Khan has told Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani that the Pakistan team should go to England for the Test and T20 series as people want to see cricket and other sports activities to resume despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on today approved national cricket team’s tour of England. The clearance from Imran, also a former Pakistan captain, came when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani met him in Islamabad and updated him on the cricket matters.

Imran Khan said that a proper protocol must be followed to insure the implementation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) put in place by the England Cricket Board to ensure the safety and health of all the players and officials who will be touring England.

Pakistan team is scheduled to reach England by the end of this month to play a three Test and three T20 series in August and September.

The 29 players and 14 officials will spend 14-days in quarantine after reaching England and then another three to four weeks in a bio-secure environment. In isolation training, they will have net practice and practice matches among them before the first Test.

Imran was briefed about the developments in Pakistan cricket and he told Mani specifically that no employee should be terminated in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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