Pakistan’s tour to Netherlands postponed due to COVID-19 epidemic


Lahore: Pakistan cricket team’s upcoming tour to the Netherlands in July has been postponed due to prevailing COVID-19 across the world, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday. 

The Green Shirts were scheduled to face the home side in three One-Day Internationals in Amstelveen on 4, 7, and 9 July, respectively.

After the Dutch government banned all events (sports and cultural) until 1 September 2020 due to a widely-spread virus, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) has confirmed to the PCB that they won’t be able to play the ODI series against Pakistan.

PCB’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan expressed sadness over the decision, meanwhile, also prioritize human lives over cricket. “It is sad that we have to postpone our July tour to the Netherlands, but in the prevailing circumstances, this is absolutely the right thing to do as human lives are far more precious and valuable than a cricket match or an event,” he said.

The CEO said that both boards will coordinate again once the current situation settles down. “The Pakistan national cricket teams have always enjoyed touring the Netherlands and as soon as things return to normal, the PCB will engage with the KNCB to reschedule the tour so that we can fulfil our obligation,” he maintained.

Betty Timmer, Chair of KNCB, said: “It is extremely disappointing that we won’t be able to host any international cricket in the Netherlands this summer. However, the health and safety of the players, staff, and fans are our main priority, and in that light the ban on events by the Dutch government is understandable,” he said.

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