PCB postpones ODI, Test matches against Bangladesh

LAHORE:     Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Monday said it had in consultation with Bangladesh Cricket Board and decided to postpone the upcoming One-Day International and Test in Karachi for a later date.
The Bangladesh cricket team due to arrive in Karachi on March 29 to play an ODI on April 1 and the second ICC World Test Championship Test from April 5-9.
According to a press release from PCB, two boards will identify a future date when ICC World Test Championship commitment can fulfilled.
The first Test of the series played in Rawalpindi from February 7-10, which Pakistan won by an innings and 44 runs.
Till Monday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan has risen to 102, most of them in Karachi.
Pakistan’s Twenty 20 franchise competition Pakistan Super League also abruptly affected by the virus outbreak.
The PCB had given all the participating players in PSL the option to withdraw from the tournament before the Karachi phase and 10 foreign players and one foreign coach have availed the option.
England also abruptly postponed their Sri Lanka tour and flew their players and support staff back to the United Kingdom after a mutual understanding between the cricket boards on Friday.
The franchise Twenty 20 competition Indian Premier League, which scheduled to begin its 13th season on March 29, deferred to April 15 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
BCCI also called off the second and third ODI against South Africa as safety precaution while New Zealand have pulled out its team from Australia after the first ODI of their three-match series without any spectators held on Friday.

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