Cricket Ireland have officially suspended their home series against New Zealand and Pakistan. The two series were scheduled to be played in the month of May and June and were called-off due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
Ireland’s series against New Zealand was scheduled to be played from 19th June till 2nd July. The side was supposed to play three T20Is and three T20Is. On the other hand, they were scheduled to play two-match T20I series against Pakistan from 12th to 14th July. Furthermore, Ireland’s tour to England is also under doubt due to current coronavirus crises in the UK.
Home series against New Zealand postponed
It was quite evident that the series against New Zealand was never going to take place after government announcements with regards to Coronavirus crises looming in the country.
Chief Executive of New Zealand, David White said, “ Due to covid-19 pandemic crises across the globe, it has been the most difficult time for the game of cricket and we are very sorry for the cricket nations in the northern hemisphere, where the season has been put on hold.” He said that players will be looking forward to tour Ireland but due to Covid-19 pandemic, the series was called off.
Ireland cancels their two-match T20I series against Pakistan
Due to lockdown in Ireland, it was not feasible to host Pakistan for the two-match T20I series, scheduled to be played in July this year. Due to lockdown extended, the series was called off after two cricket boards reached an agreement.
Cricket Pakistan Chief Executive, Wasim Khan said, “We fully discussed all the issues and respect Cricket Ireland’s decision to suspend the series.” For both the cricket boards, safety and security, officials and cricket fans is biggest priority due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
It remains a tough time for all Test playing nations due to coronavirus cases around the world. Pakistan Cricket Board fully supports and firmly stands with Cricket Ireland in this difficult situation and we will hopeful of touring Ireland in the foreseeable future.