LONDON, England, June 3, 2020 (SNN247.com) – The England Cricket Board (ECB) announced the schedule of all important and much-awaited test match series against West Indies on Tuesday afternoon.
This will be the first international cricket match after COVID-19 pandemic forced International Cricket Council (ICC) and cricket boards to cancel all the scheduled series which not only deprived cricket lovers of live-action but also cost badly to boards and sports authorities.
The Pakistan cricket team will be a second team to visit England to play a Test and T20 series after West Indies’ three-match test series. The first test match between England and West Indies will start from July 8 at Ageas Bowl. The second test match will be played from July 16 and the third test match will be played from July 24 at Old Trafford.
As per the statement issued by England Cricket Board, the cricket team will arrive in England on June 9 and will travel to Old Trafford for training and quarantining. The venues will receive administration fees for hosting the test matches and all other additional central costs will be borne by England Cricket Board. Edgbaston has been named as the contingency venue and will be used to host additional training sessions during July.
Pakistan cricket team is also expected to arrive in England in the first week of July and will be quarantined as stated by Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Waseem Khan.
Facts about Pakistan in England
Interestingly Pakistan cricket team has played 25 test matches in London so far and won 10 matches, lost 7 while 8 matches were drawn. Both home of cricket Lords cricket ground and Oval are happy hunting stadiums for Pakistan. Pakistan has won 2 out of 28 matches in other cities in England. Pakistan will not play any test match in England this summer.
The success of both series will be laying the foundation for the restoration of international cricket in other countries behind doors under SOPs approved by the International Cricket Council.