PCB Plans Comprehensive Tour of New Zealand in November
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to send the senior national group and the ‘A’ team on a trip of New Zealand in November raising concerns that the absence of key players will strike the quality of the domestic competitions in the country.
A PCB source said that the Board is planning to send around 40 to 45 players to New Zealand from late November.
” Enhanced number of gamers will be in both teams due to rigorous COVID-19 policies and procedures in New Zealand and the players and officials, after reaching there early, have to spend 2 week in quarantine and go into a bio-secure bubble prior to beginning their matches,” the source said.
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While the senior team will be involved in a Test, ODI and T20 series against New Zealand, the Pakistan A side has a number of four-day games lined up on the tour.
The senior group had to invest around a month in quarantine and in seclusion training school prior to playing the Test series in England this summer season.
” The problem is that due to the COVID-19 circumstance, if a lot of leading gamers are sent out to New Zealand, the quality of the domestic competitions will be badly hit,” the source stated.
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The PCB plans to hold the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Prize for 6 provincial groups each in division one and two and a national one-day cup in between October and January. All the matches have been arranged in Karachi which has numerous Test and top-notch locations.
The source said the board was keen to send its A team to New Zealand to offer direct exposure to upcoming performers as they have not competed at the global level for a while now.