PCB successfully delivers 148 matches in 2020-21 domestic season.

KARACHI -- Despite the Covid-19 pandemic that has either postponed or truncated cricket seasons across the cricket world, the Pakistan Cricket Board has successfully delivered 148 matches in the 2020-21 season before the start of the sixth round matches of the first-class Quaide-Azam Trophy, which began in Karachi on Wednesday.

By the time the three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy concludes on 12 December and the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy finishes on 5 January 2021, the PCB remains confident it would have organised 188 matches from 10 completed tournaments in the 2020-21 season, which commenced on 30 September with the First XI National T20 Cup.

These tournaments include the first and second XIs National T20 Cup, National U19 One-Day and Three-Day Tournaments, six international matches against Zimbabwe, remaining four HBL PSL 2020 fixtures, the National Triangular T20 Women's Cricket Championship, the ongoing three-day and four-day Quaid-eAzam Trophy, and the upcoming Second XI Pakistan Cup One Day Tournament.

During the nine tournaments/series to date, as many as 2,830 Covid-19 tests have been conducted on players, players support personnel and match officials as the PCB has strictly followed and implemented its strict protocols, which were designed in-house, and have been put together for the health and safety of all participants.

Until curtains fall on the 2020- 21 season in late March, the PCB is optimistic of staging another 112 matches from the first and second XIs Pakistan Cup One Day Tournament, international matches against South Africa and the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021.

This means to date, the PCB has delivered nearly 58 per cent of the planned 260 matches in circumstances that can be termed far from normal.

The events and series are separate to cricket activities in the National High Performance Centre, where star coaches have been spending a lot of time preparing strategies and pathways for talented cricketers as well as coaches and match officials.

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: This data is extremely satisfying for the Pakistan Cricket Board as it illustrates two simple facts: firstly, we have delivered cricket events and activities...

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