Domestic season likely to be delayed as COVID-19 cases surges in Pakistan

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Karachi: Pakistan’s upcoming domestic season is likely to be delayed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across Pakistan.

Domestic season in Pakistan mostly starts in August but there have been more than 170,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3300 plus deaths and it is expected to peak in late July and early August.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani also said that it is also difficult to hold domestic cricket matches in time in the country.

“It seems like the situation will further worsen instead of getting improved and I am also reading medical advice and the cases will take another peak. We are monitoring and will have to plan accordingly, considering every aspect,” he said.

“It may be delayed after all. The county season in England has also been postponed and they are looking to start in August. We are not going to put any player and any stakeholder at risk. If we feel that this is going to infect the health then we are not going to take any chance,” he added.

It must be noted that PCB extended the contracts of all domestic players and coaches, which were expiring on 30 June, till 31 July before the new 12-month contracts which will come into effect from 1 August.

Read also: PCB extends domestic players, coaches contracts

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