LAHORE, 06 July: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the “assurances and guarantees” given by the England Cricket Board (ECB) over existing protocols in place for the Pakistan cricket team and support staff’s safety.
The PCB responded to seven members of the England cricket team testing positive for coronavirus. Three are players while four members of the support staff tested positive for the infection.
“Pakistan Cricket Board has been in close contact with the England and Wales Cricket Board regarding concerns about the health and safety of its players since the news of Covid-19 outbreak in the England camp,” said the board in a statement.
“The PCB is satisfied by the assurances and guarantees provided by the ECB on behalf of its medical panel,” said the PCB.
The cricket board said it “feels comfortable with the existing protocols that have been put in place to ensure all the Pakistan players and player support staff remain safe and secure”.
The PCB said it has been in touch with the team management, advising them to exercise “extra caution” at the hotel and the match venues.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the much-awaited central contract for the men’s team, promoting fast bowler Hassan Ali and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to category A following their stellar performances in the recent series.
The PCB’s released the details of the contracts after the Governing Board’s approval of the 2021-22 fiscal years’ budget. The 12-month contracts will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
“It is an enhanced and performance-based central contract list 2021-22 for 20 elite male cricketers, including three emerging cricketers, in which match fee across all formats has been equalized,” the statement said.