Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) is in a serious state as there are only two days remaining before the Covid19 hit Pakistan team flies via a chartered flight from Lahore to Manchester.
On Thursday the PCB retested 18 players and 11 player support personnel, whereas the people who had been tested positive earlier including the 10 players and one player support personnel, will be retested today. Similarly, the five reserve players and a backup player support personnel have undergone Covid-19 tests on Thursday.
All tests results will be announced on Saturday by the PCB which will decide the fate of Pakistan team’s tour to England.
More positive tests may hinder their flight to England.
While there is no direct respond from PCB CEO Wasim Khan at this stage however, according to the reports coming from Pakistan , PCB is desperate to tour and is also thinking about relaxing their Covid-19 testing policy ahead of the tour. Initially PCB agreed to tour with a condition of strict testing policy which meant that only players who twice tested negative for coronavirus would board the plane to England.
At the same time, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is also concerned about the financial impact the cancellation can have. ECB has ensured that the $100Mn worth tour can go ahead, which includes, bearing all costs to arranging chartered flights for Pakistan team.
– Cost of flying for Pakistan team: around $627,000 (4.72 Cr) – Expenses of Pakistan cricket team including visiting team’s boarding-lodging as done in the case of the West Indies team: funded by ECB
ECB is providing all these facilities in order to safeguard the revenues from their broadcasters (Sky & BBC) and sponsors. An estimate earning of ECB is round-about $100Mn just from the media rights revenue itself.
Lastly, as per the agreement Pakistan team will be quarantined in Derbyshire, staying there for a substantial period of time before heading to Manchester for the first Test on August 5. The final two Tests will be taking place at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, followed by the three Twenty20 internationals between August 28 and September 1.