Karachi: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that after discussions with the boards of India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, it has been decided to cancel their scheduled men’s tour matches against first-class counties.
The teams will now play intra-squad matches as ECB plans to ensure safety and focus on delivering the safest possible environment.
Pakistan were due to face Northamptonshire and Worcestershire on July 2 and 4 respectively as part of the preparations ahead of three ODI and as many T20Is against England.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “We are looking forward to staging a memorable summer of men’s and women’s international cricket when fans are set to return to venues.
“Ensuring the safest possible environment for international cricket is our first priority and we are appreciative for the understanding of our fellow boards.”
On the other hand, the ECB and BCCI have agreed to postpone the India A tour. India A had to play senior team in two warm-up four-day games at Northamptonshire’s Wantage Road (July 21-24) and Grace Road, home of Leicestershire (July 28-31).
India A had also been due to face Derbyshire (June 27-30), Essex (July 4-7) and a First-Class Counties Select XI .
The India senior team will now take an expanded squad for the five-Test series against England and play two intra-squad games as preparation. The venues for those games will be confirmed in due course.
New Zealand, who are due to play two Tests against England, were due to take on Somerset in a four-day game (May 25-28) before their two Tests against Joe Root’s team at Lord’s and Edgbaston in June and the World Test Championship final with India at The Ageas Bowl (June 18-22).
Sri Lanka had agreed to 50-over and T20 warm-ups against Kent (June 18) and Sussex (June 20) before their white-ball games.