Pakistan to play two T20Is instead of one Test on West Indies tour keeping World Cup in mind, says PCB
PCB CEO Wasim Khan said after consultations with Cricket West Indies, Pakistan would now be playing two Tests and five T20 internationals between 21 July and 24 August in the Caribbean.
The PCB was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board to seek permission from the UAE government to hold the remaining 20 matches of the PSL in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 1 June.
Umar, 30, has not played any cricket since February, 2020 when he was suspended by the PCB for not reporting spot-fixing approaches made to him before the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches.
PSL 2021: PCB says UAE 'preferred venue' to complete tournament amid spike in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan
A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan had forced the six PSL teams to write to the PCB last week to shift the rescheduled games from Karachi to the UAE.
The inoculation drive was conducted in collaboration with the Pakistan government's National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the PCB said.
The PCB had to postpone PSL-6 abruptly on 4 March with just 10 out of 34 matches completed due to COVID-19 cases among players and officials.
Under the policy, women cricketers will get up to a year of paid leave and will also have the option to transfer to a non-playing role until commencement of their maternity leave leading up to the birth of their child.
The 40-year-old was dropped from the list of centrally contracted players last year in May along with Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir but after he performed well the PCB was forced to offer him a short-term contract earlier this year.
Before the postponement, 14 league matches were conducted between 20 February and 3 March.
PCB launches its own Hall of Fame; Imran Khan, Wasim Akram among six legendary cricketers to be inducted initially
There will be three more inductions each year from 2021 with the inductees to be chosen by an independent panel and announced on 16 October, the day when the country made its Test debut in 1952.
Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq says he leaves contract decision to PCB, focuses on one series at a time
Misbah-ul-Haq's three-year coaching contract will expire just before the T20 World Cup in India later in the year.
Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20 internationals in South Africa and two Tests and three T20s in Zimbabwe.
Ehsan Mani said if the Indian team visits its neighbours, it will be a "big breakthrough" for Pakistan cricket.
The PCB chairman told the PSL franchise owners the new dates for the Asia Cup would be decided at the next meeting of the Asian Cricket Council.
The PCB decided to adopt a safety-first approach soon after the official tested positive and asked its employees to work from home.
According to a well-informed source, the board will also be sending the players and officials to South Africa on a chartered flight instead of a commercial flight as it doesn't want to take any chances after the virus that hit the Pakistan Super League had to be postponed.
Islamabad United’s two foreign cricketers, including Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, an unnamed foreign cricketer and a support staff member from one of the teams were already in isolation after being tested positive earlier this week.
The PCB said in a statement that the three players are from two different teams and they will now self-isolate themselves for 10 days.
PSL 2021: Quetta Gladiators batsman Tom Banton among two foreign players to test positive for COVID-19
Pakistan Cricket Board's Director of Media Sami Burney had announced on Tuesday that two foreign players and one member of the support staff had tested positive for the virus. This was after Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed tested positive on Monday.
Islamabad United player Ahmed's positive result on Monday led to the postponement of their match against Quetta Gladiators.