In a bid to resume Cricket, after a three-month halt due to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, the Cricket board across the world are devising a way to resume the action again. At present, England and Wales Cricket Board is at the centre of scheme of the things as all West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland are looking forward to tour England and Wales this summer.
Cricket Australia CEO, Kevin Roberts has also asserted that team Australia could still tour England in September, if everything remains in harmony by then. Australia were due to play three Twenty20s and three ODIs in September this year.
“I think there’s some chance we could send a team over,” Roberts told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
Robert, however, also added that the player’s safety will remain the highest concern and Cricket Australia will keep a hawk eye on the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England to ensure the proper management and player’s safety.
“Obviously we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch.”
The Cricket Boards across the world are seeking high-profile bilateral series to mitigate the financial losses due to the pandemic. West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan Cricket Boards are also looking to tour England as the England and Wales Cricket Board hopes for going ahead with the majority of their international fixtures this summer.
The West Indies are scheduled to visit England in June, the WCB is waiting for a green signal from the government and final agreement on health and safety protocols. On the other hand, the Cricket Ireland has readily agreed to see three one-day internationals take place later this year.
Roberts’ counterpart at the Pakistan Cricket Board, Birmingham-born Wasim Khan, is also keeping a close eye on everything to ensure player’s safety but also looks to be ready for the trip.
“The players trust that we are going to do what is right by them. We are not going to jeopardise their health. We all want cricket to be played but not at all costs,” he told Sky Sports’ Cricket Show.
“We will have an extended squad. We are looking at bringing about 25 players. We are planning to get them together to train for the tour. We’re probably about a week away from that. The ECB have said they are going to come back to us on that once they have gained clarity on what we can do during that time,” added Khan.
“We are trying to get to England early July so that we can get the quarantine done. If we can practice during that time then great, if not then it gives us just under three weeks to practice. We are told there are going to be two venues (to stage matches). We have not been told which the two venues are. We are also told there is going to be a third venue, which is going to be our base while we are in England.”