ECB put safe return plan to Pakistan for shortened six-match tour between August and September
- The PCB were provided with a visual presentation by the ECB on Friday
- The three-match Test series has been pencilled in for a start on August 5
- All of the six matches will also be held at either the Ageas Bowl or Old Trafford
- The ECB and Cricket West Indies will also hold further talks on possibly touring
Pakistan have been asked to play three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals in a 28-day period as part of England’s plans for a bio-secure summer of cricket.
On Friday, the Pakistan Cricket Board were provided with a visual presentation by the ECB of the environment they can expect to be in place for their players and staff should they agree to tour in a truncated 2020 season.
The Test series has been pencilled in for an August 5 start and the final T20 is slated for September 1. All matches will be held at either the Ageas Bowl or Old Trafford, although an official itinerary of dates and venues will only be drawn up once England’s Test fixtures versus West Indies take full shape.
Ashley Giles and the ECB have put a safe return plan to Pakistan for a shortened tour
That could happen as early as Monday when the ECB and Cricket West Indies hold further talks on salvaging England’s home commitments — and thus limit coronavirus-induced losses to £100million for the summer.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said he had been ‘very encouraged’ by what he had seen and heard in the first official discussions between the two boards and would be feeding back to the national squad.
The plans include a Pakistan squad of around 25 players arriving here in early July on a chartered flight and spending the 14-day quarantine period required by the UK Government for foreign arrivals at one venue.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said he was ‘very encouraged’ by what he had seen and heard
That would almost certainly be Edgbaston given its geographical positioning between Manchester and Southampton.
Although it doesn’t house its own hotel, it has several access routes, separate net areas both indoors and outdoors, multiple dressing rooms and a nursery ground where Pakistan could arrange an internal practice match.
Travel will be limited as much as possible to aid a proposed period of 18 days of international cricket punctuated by 10 days off.
Some of the three Test and T20 matches are likely to take place at Old Trafford in Manchester
Only three-to-four-day gaps are anticipated between Tests and the Twenty20 series would be over in five days. During that four-week period, the tourists would be housed in isolated wings of hotels.
Meanwhile, an expanded group of England bowlers — including the Overton twins Craig and Jamie, Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood and Ollie Robinson, of Sussex — will begin their return to training at seven venues this week.
A decision on Jofra Archer’s return to action, following three months of inactivity due to a stress fracture of the elbow, is expected by the England medical team on Monday.
Meanwhile, a decision on Jofra Archer’s return is expected to be announced this week