Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Netherlands has been suspended indefinitely after both cricket boards came to an agreement due to Coronavirus Pandemic. Both the Cricket Board’s decision came after the Dutch government decided to ban all kinds of outdoor sports and cultural events till September.
Netherlands is among European nation serious affected by Coronavirus Pandemic. Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Board (KNCB) decided to suspend the series due to decision made by the government.
KNCB Chief Executive, Betty Timmier, said that it was extremely frustrating that we will not host any international cricketing event in the country this season. The health and well-being of cricket players, team management and fans is our utmost priority.
Netherlands is scheduled to host Super League series featuring England, West Indies and Ireland. Hopefully, cricket board will be hoping that things can become normal and fans can return to grounds in the summer of 2021.
Pakistan cricket team was scheduled to tour Netherlands to play three-match one-day series. All three matches will be played on 4th, 7th and 9th July at Amstelveen. The Green shirts were then going to tour Ireland to play two-match T20I series and then to England for three-match Test series. The high-profile series was slated to begin from 30th July at Lords Cricket Ground.
Pakistan Cricket Board officials are monitoring the current situation developing in England. No decision has been made up till now. All forms of professional cricket in England have been suspended till 28th May.
PCB Chief Wasim Khan said that the decision to postpone tour of Netherlands was the correct decision. At the moment, protecting human lives is more important than a cricket match or tour. PCB has offered support to KNCB after the country has been affected by Coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan’s tour to Ireland and England is not postponed but a decision might be made in the next month.