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Families can’t accompany players, officials during tour of England: PCB

The series is expected to help England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) earn 70-75 million pounds from broadcast revenues.

SNS | New Delhi |

In a recent development, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will not allow players and officials touring England next month to travel with their families owing to the precautions taken to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will reportedly spend at least half a million pounds on the special chartered flight that will take 29 players and 14 officials from Pakistan to the host country at the end of this month.

“The board has made it clear to players their families can’t travel with them and also explained to them it would be of no use even if their families reached and stayed in England separately. The entire squad can’t interact with their families in person until the tour is completed in September,” a source in the Pakistan board said. (via PTI)

The teams will lock horns in a three-Test and three- T20 series starting 30 July in a bio-secure environment due to the threat posed the pandemic.

“…this time the board has told the players that as soon as they reach England they will spend around 14 days in quarantine in Birmingham before they move on to Manchester after staying in isolation and in a bio-secure environment for around three to four weeks for their practice and training,” he said.

The series is expected to help England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) earn 70-75 million pounds from broadcast revenues. On the other hand, a complete suspension of the cricket season would mean an estimated loss of around 380 million pounds.