The West Indies team had to take the difficult decision of flying out of Pakistan as nearly 10 members, including players and support staff, got positive. The third T20 was not played when the news of their covid positive cases arrived. Ramiz Raja during a press conference yesterday told that future series will not be postponed even if Covid positive cases come in between. The PCB chairman said that the West Indies team got short on players and strength when nearly 10 members of their squad got infected which is why the ODI tour has been postponed to June 2022.
Raja cited that International cricket can now co-exist with Covid as the bio-bubble environment guards the players and support staff against the spread of the virus. International cricket teams usually now undergo Rapid Antigen tests on a daily basis and the positive cases are isolated.
Pakistan needed the Windies tour to fill in some of their coffers. They clean-swept West Indies by 3-0 before the decision was made to play the ODI series in June due to the Covid scenario. West Indies will play another T20 series before the 2023 PSL, said Raja.
In recent times, we have seen the England – India test series getting postponed due to Covid. India were leading by 2 -1 when the news emerged of a Covid positive case in the Indian camp. India will go to England in June 2022 to complete the series.
The PCB chairman also said that it is unlikely that PSL will now be held anywhere in the world except Pakistan. Citing costs and difficulty to conduct an event like PSL, Raja said that the board is following all the standard Covid protocols that are being followed by other cricketing nations. Pakistan are to host the 2023 Asia Cup and 2025 Champions Trophy and construction of a new stadium has also begun.