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ECB cancels Pakistan’s tour matches against first-class counties

Men in Green will instead play intra-squad matches to allow them suitable preparation for their international fixtures this summer

ECB cancels Pakistan’s tour matches against first-class counties PHOTO: AFP

Following England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB’s) discussions with the boards of New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, it has been agreed to cancel their scheduled men’s tour matches against first-class counties. New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s men’s teams will instead play intra-squad matches to allow them suitable preparation for their international fixtures this summer.

Pakistan were due to face Northamptonshire (July 2) and Worcestershire (July 4) as part of their warm-up matches before the three-match ODI and T20I series against England.

These agreements will allow the ECB to focus on delivering the safest possible environment for all international cricket matches scheduled to take place over the summer.

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ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “We are looking forward to staging a memorable summer of men’s and women’s international cricket when fans are set to return to venues.

“Ensuring the safest possible environment for international cricket is our first priority and we are appreciative for the understanding of our fellow boards.”