Pakistan's tour to Ireland for two T20Is in July has been postponed after the Ireland Government announced cricket behind closed doors will be possible after August 10. The matches were scheduled to be played on July 12 and 14.
The date (August 10) clashes with Pakistan's tour of England for the Test and T20I series as the Pakistan side are expected to depart for England towards the end of July.
Cricket Ireland’s press release further added that New Zealand’s tour which included three ODIs and as many T20Is have been postponed as well.
Pakistan’s tour of England hasn’t been confirmed yet as UK has been struck immensely with the coronavirus pandemic. The talks between the PCB and ECB will be underway on May 15 where different options will be taken into consideration.
“With the Irish Government announcement on 1 May regarding the gradual process of lifting restrictions here in Ireland, it unfortunately became impossible to host the Pakistan T20Is in Dublin on the scheduled dates,” said Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom in a statement.
“We deeply regret this, as the cricketing bonds between Ireland and Pakistan are strong, and we were very excited to host the world’s top T20 side. We look forward to a time when we can once again meet on the pitch and wish our Pakistan Cricket Board colleagues good health during these challenging times.”
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, in a statement, said: “We fully respect and endorse CI’s decision at this difficult time. As we have all reiterated, the safety and security of players, officials and fans comes first. It remains a challenging time for all nations that are due to be hosting home series in the coming months; we as a cricketing family will continue to rally and work closely together.”