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    Ireland to host Pakistan before WTC series against England

    Lahore, 3 October 2019:

    The Netherlands and Ireland will host Pakistan for three ODIs and two T20Is, respectively, in the lead up to their tour of England in 2020.

    The VRA Cricket Club in Amstelveen will host the three ODIs on 4, 7 and 9 July, while the two T20Is in Ireland will be played on 12 and 14 July.

    Pakistan will then travel to England where they will play three World Test Championship Tests, from 30 July to 20 August before taking on the 50-over world champions in three T20Is on 29 and 31 August and 2 September.

    The series between the Netherlands and Pakistan will be the first-ever between the two sides, though they have previously met thrice in ICC events.

    In the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 and 2003, Pakistan won by eight wickets and 97 runs in Lahore and Paarl, respectively, while in Colombo in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002, Pakistan won by nine wickets.

    Betty Timmer, Chair of KNCB, said: “We are pleased to announce the schedule of the Netherlands versus Pakistan ODI series. Pakistan is one of the most exciting and followed teams in the world and they will add further flavor and context to our domestic season.

    “This series will contribute significantly in our endeavours to put together a strong and formidable side for the 13-team ICC ODI League, which commences next year. It will provide the much-required exposure and experience to our talented men’s side and will also help in the promotion and development of the game in our part of the world.”

    The Netherlands have qualified for the league by virtue of winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship. The ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and will also be contested by the 12 Test playing countries. In the first edition of the league, each side will play four home and four away series each comprising of three ODIs moving to all teams playing each other from the second cycle onwards.

    The two T20Is between Ireland and Pakistan will be the first instance of the two teams playing each other in the shorter format in Ireland. Pakistan, to date, have played six ODIs and a Test – Ireland’s first appearance in the format – in Ireland.

    Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, said:

    “Ireland and Pakistan have a close affinity, both across men’s and women’s cricket, and we are delighted to welcome the top-ranked T20I side to Ireland for what will be an action-packed series.”

    “The two-match series will be well-timed, being just 12 weeks from the start of the T20 World Cup – a tournament that we hope to be joining Pakistan at via the Qualifier tournament later this year.”

    “This year we have seen a number of great performances by Ireland and some exciting young talent emerge in the T20 squad – the way to further improve our players is to pit ourselves against the world’s-best, and in Pakistan we have that opportunity.”

    “The fixtures will be part of a big home season for Ireland, where we are hosting a number of Full Member teams. It is yet another big year to look forward to in Irish cricket.”

    Ireland and Pakistan have previously featured in just one T20I, with Pakistan winning The Oval fixture by 39 runs on way to lifting the ICC T20 World Cup in England in 2009.

    PCB Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, said: “The PCB is looking forward to visiting the Netherlands and Ireland. On our previous trips, we have received tremendous public support who have thronged the stadia to not only watch cricket but also appreciate and encourage the players.

    “We also have a long and strong relationship with KNCB and Ireland Cricket, and I am confident the upcoming tours will further strengthen the bonding.”

    Itinerary:

    4 July – 1st ODI v Netherlands, VRA Cricket Club, Amstelveen
    7 July – 2nd ODI v Netherlands, VRA Cricket Club, Amstelveen
    9 July – 3rd ODI v Netherlands, VRA Cricket Club, Amstelveen
    12 July – 1st T20I v Ireland, Venue TBA
    14 July – 2nd T20I v Ireland, Venue TBA


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    Such a long wait for our next ODI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Such a long wait for our next ODI.
    What so we don't have an odi for nearly an year. We definitely need to arrange some.

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    I’m there for sure!

    Great news for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Such a long wait for our next ODI.
    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    What so we don't have an odi for nearly an year. We definitely need to arrange some.
    Even Eng doesnt have any ODIs other than maybe 1 series and some other teams are also preferring similar schedule of more T20s instead of ODIs before the T20 WC next year.

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    Nobody has many ODIs until after the 2021 WT20. Look at the FTP.

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    Watch us play a team with an average age of 32

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    Great. Looking forward to Sarfraz’s street-smart captaincy shining through in these games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Great. Looking forward to Sarfraz’s street-smart captaincy shining through in these games.
    He will be sacked by then.

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    Good for the expats.

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    This is like 20 minutes from my city.
    Def. will go

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    I bet Misbah will debut any new player. He will probably announce very experience players like Hafeez/Malik citing tough pitch

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    Great news! For those living in netherlands, how much is cricket followed in the country? would we be able to see some great local crowd for this series?

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    Ireland have announced the dates and venues of 11 home men's internationals in 2020.

    Ireland will play three ODIs against Bangladesh in May at Stormont before New Zealand visit the next month. The Black Caps will play Ireland in three T20Is at Bready followed by three ODIs at Stormont.

    A two-match T20I series against Pakistan at Malahide will kick off on July 12.

    Ireland are also set to play four T20Is against Bangladesh in late May after the two sides' ODI series, but venues for those matches will be confirmed in January, with neutral grounds in England a possible option.

    ODIs against Bangladesh:

    14 May 2020: 1st ODI, Stormont
    16 May 2020: 2nd ODI, Stormont
    19 May 2020: 3rd ODI, Stormont

    ODIs & T20Is against New Zealand:

    19 June 2020: 1st T20I, Bready
    21 June 2020: 2nd T20I, Bready
    23 June 2020: 3rd T20I, Bready
    27 June 2020: 1st ODI, Stormont
    30 June 2020: 2nd ODI, Stormont
    2 July 2020: 3rd ODI, Stormont

    T20Is against Pakistan:

    12 July 2020: 1st T20I, Malahide
    14 July 2020: 2nd T20I, Malahide


    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1544506
    Last edited by Saj; 24th December 2019 at 03:29.


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    According to PCB spokesman

    “There is a lot of time in the series. The Netherlands and Ireland boards have made no contact just yet. The two countries will be hosting the Pakistan cricket team. Therefore, any decisions are also to be made by them. Right now, it will probably be premature to say that the staging of the series is uncertain"


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    Cricket Ireland introduce pay cuts and hints at further postponements

    Cricket Ireland has become the latest sports body to introduce pay cuts for employees in an attempt to offset some of the financial losses incurred by the coronavirus pandemic, but they will not apply to their contracted players.

    CEO Warren Deutrom has also suggested that home series against New Zealand and Pakistan, due to be played in June and July, are at high-risk of being postponed and warned that the long-term consequences of the current crisis could be even more challenging that anything being experienced now.

    Starting this month all non-playing staff will have their salaries reduced by 20% for the months of April and May. Deutrom will receive another 5% on top and for the remainder of the calendar year, all in a bid to preserve jobs long-term and ensure the organisation is fit and ready to resume full operations down the line.

    Staff will also be asked to take some mandatory leave between now and the start of June while employees in the North are to be furloughed until the same time in line with the UK government's job retention scheme.

    Their contracted players will not be asked to take cuts for now in recognition of the fact that match fees have already been forfeited with the loss of the the tour to Zimbabwe this month and the series against Bangladesh which had been planned for May.

    Deutrom stated that “to ask them to take a further cut to their base remuneration – with no guarantee that all cricket might be rescheduled – would be unreasonable.” The hope is that the body is in a healthy enough state to hit the ground running when sport resumes.

    Cricket Ireland is taking a “pragmatic” approach to the international calendar and, while assuming a wait-and-see stance for now, there is an acceptance that the series against New Zealand and Pakistan are in serious peril now too.

    Obtaining visas for visiting teams and their support staff may not be possible as the Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Foreign Office are not processing visa applications for now. Some teams may not even be able to travel due to government advice back home.

    New Zealand and Pakistan are both due to visit multiple countries on their respective tours, thereby adding further to potential complications, and that is before the question is addressed as to how games are organised if there are ongoing restrictions around large gatherings.

    “Irish cricket also faces some challenges stemming from the fact that we have no permanent stadium and rely heavily upon temporary infrastructure at our matches,” Deutrom explained.

    “Not only does this extend our lead-times for series preparation, but also - at this time of crisis – we are aware that there is a shortage of temporary or portable infrastructure on the market as most is understandably in use by the HSE and HSCNI.”

    Ireland's women's team has also had its plans torn up. They were due to play a tournament in Thailand this month and news is expected shortly on the fate of their schedule 50-over World Cup qualifier due to start in July.

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...ts-994130.html


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    DUBLIN – The Board of Cricket Ireland today confirmed investment in the Provincial Unions and grassroots game, provided an update on international and domestic fixtures, and outlined a range of cost-saving measures designed to buffer the organisation and the sport during a period of great uncertainty due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The Board, which met ‘virtually’ last Wednesday using video-conferencing technology, considered staffing, operations and a range of scenarios for the home season, given the great unknown of when ‘normal activity’ will be allowed to resume.

    Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

    “Like all parts of our society, the cricket community of Ireland has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and our thoughts and best wishes go out to every member of the cricket family who is doing their part in helping to stop the spread of this virus, or who may have a loved one affected by this outbreak.”

    “The Board’s mandate to Cricket Ireland management was to develop a series of recommendations that not only balance the short-term needs of guiding the organisation and the sport through the crisis, but to look ahead to how we will be positioned in dealing with the longer-term impacts caused as a result of this situation. It was readily acknowledged that the knock-on effects of the crisis will be almost as challenging - if not more challenging - to the future of the sport as are the immediate issues being experienced.”

    “Cricket is not unique in this scenario – every sport across Ireland is facing the same set of dilemmas, however, each sport will have still have its own peculiar issues that will need to be addressed. CEO’s from other national governing bodies maintain fairly regular contact with each other, and there is clearly a very collegiate feeling amongst the sports community at present. We all believe in the resilience of Irish sport to pull through this crisis, but equally we are not blind to the fact that the consequences may last for some time. Even the rescheduling of other sports and events can impact our own. For example, we are now looking at the Euros – with its Irish-hosted component of the tournament – now falling right in the middle of what could be an incredibly busy home season for us in 2021.”


    Regarding the outlook for international cricket in the following months, Deutrom said:

    “We're all going to have to take a pragmatic approach - we just don't know what's going to happen even if sport does get back up and running in June. With regards to international cricket, we remain in a wait-and-see holding pattern. Clearly, there is a high risk that our men’s home series against New Zealand and Pakistan - scheduled for June and July respectively - may be postponed if Government restrictions remain in place.”

    “Of course, some of the challenges we face in trying to bring some degree of certainty are no different to any other sport with international opposition – for example, attaining visas for visiting teams and their support staff may not be possible as the Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Foreign Office are currently not processing visa applications. In addition, each country will take the advice of their home government, so teams may not even be in a position to travel to Europe. More specific to our situation, both New Zealand and Pakistan are visiting multiple countries on their tours, so that adds an extra layer of complexity. Then there are more logistical issues such as hotel and international flight bookings, the movement and staffing of broadcast facilities, and complying with the restrictions that may still exist around large group gatherings."

    “Irish cricket also faces some challenges stemming from the fact that we have no permanent stadium and rely heavily upon temporary infrastructure at our matches. Not only does this extend our lead-times for series preparation, but also - at this time of crisis – we are aware that there is a shortage of temporary or portable infrastructure on the market as most is understandably in use by the HSE and HSCNI.”

    “For our senior women’s team, we have already had to postpone a tour to Thailand, and we are maintaining contact with ICC in relation to the 50-over World Cup Qualifier scheduled for July. We should know more shortly – and, of course, if the tournament somehow did proceed then we would have to look at warm-up or preparation matches. Where, when, against whom – these are still great unknowns for us.”

    “So, we wait and watch – and while definitive decisions have not been made yet, it is realistic to assume that the current scheduled timings will be subject to change.”


    With regards to supporting domestic cricket and the grassroots game, the Board agreed to Cricket Ireland continuing all regular payments to the Provincial Unions. These payments, made by the national governing body every year, go towards essential running costs including administrative and development officers, rental subsidies, game development programme funding, and costs of supporting coaches and player-support services.

    Deutrom said:

    “At a recent meeting with the Provincial Union General Managers, it was clear that there was a genuine risk to the sustainability of the Provincial Union businesses from the reduction in commercial and club activity caused by this crisis. As a major creditor of the Unions, the Cricket Ireland Board had no hesitation in extending this much-needed support to give the Unions some degree of security in these uncertain times.”

    Furthermore, the Board were presented with further proactive measures aimed at supporting the club and grassroots game – these will be further considered and announced in May 2020.


    With regards to domestic fixture scheduling, Deutrom said:

    “There is much goodwill in the cricket community for the men’s Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Series, the women’s Super 3s and the national cup competitions. We have a range of models for what shape each competition might take, but once again it depends largely on the date we can get some form of cricket underway. Again, we will have to be pragmatic but Irish cricket fans should rest assured we shall do all we can to hold viable competitions this year.”

    “One scenario we are looking at is to play as many Inter-Provincial matches as possible on weekdays only. This will give clubs the maximum opportunity to utilise their grounds for play on weekends, and enable some clubs to generate revenue through activities such as bar takings. It may not always be possible - for instance, any T20 Festivals should be centred around weekends - but we will work closely with Provincial Unions and clubs on the great jigsaw puzzle of fixture scheduling that lies ahead.”


    The Board also approved a range of cost-saving measures in relation to Cricket Ireland’s staff and players. Deutrom said:

    “The Board recognised that with major impacts upon our operations, revenue shortfalls through loss of broadcast and sponsorship revenue, and uncertainty about when we will be able to restart, prudent measures were required to buffer the organisation through at least the next two months. Preserving jobs and ensuring Cricket Ireland will be in a fit position to commence operations when we return to normal were central to those deliberations.”

    “We will continue to support all employees as they work from home, maintaining all operational, IT and human resources support to ensure the work can continue. However, starting this month all non-playing staff will see a 20 per cent reduction in their salaries for April and May. I shall take an additional 5% cut which will apply to the end of 2020. Staff will also be asked to take some mandatory leave between now and the end of May. In addition, employees based in the North will be furloughed until the end of May, in line with the UK Government’s job retention scheme.”

    “In relation to our contracted players, the Board recognised that the players were already losing out significantly through loss of match fees from a number of already-postponed, and possibly to-be-postponed series, and that to ask them to take a further cut to their base remuneration – with no guarantee that all cricket might be rescheduled – would be unreasonable.”

    “The Board has not taken these decisions lightly, but recognised that keeping 100% of our personnel on 100% pay in a period of massively-reduced activity and threats to all levels of the game was untenable. However, as an organisation we will support our people as best we can, and will endeavour to keep the interests of the sport, our people and the many businesses across Ireland who rely on our operations first and foremost. We can’t get away from the fact that there will be some short term pain, but we hope these difficult measures will help the sport recover quickly once this crisis passes.”


    In more administrative matters, the Board also agreed to the postponement of the Annual General Meeting – which was due to be held in late April - until a date that could ensure physical attendance by members. Finally, the Board also agreed to meet on at least a monthly basis – as opposed to the regular bi-monthly frequency – for the duration of the crisis.


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    Pakistan tour of Netherlands called off due to below.

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    The Dutch FA says it is not intending to continue the 2019-20 season after a government ban on events was extended until September 1.

    The KNVB had planned to resume the suspended football season for the top two divisions on June 19, behind closed doors.

    But a three-month extension to the government ban was announced on Tuesday - meaning the season is over, pending consultation with UEFA.

    All major public events, including professional sports and music festivals, are prohibited until September 1 to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

    "I would love to say we could go a lot further. But that is very scary and dangerous. We see a little improvement in the data, but just imagine that we would relax some measures, causing the virus to peak again.

    "That's something we all absolutely don't want."

    A subsequent statement from the KNVB said: "No professional football can be played, even without an audience, until September 1.

    "As a result, the board of professional football intends not to continue playing the 2019-20 league.

    "Based on the government's decision today, the KNVB will consult with Uefa after which a decision will be confirmed.

    "On Friday, the clubs and other parties involved will meet to discuss the consequences."

    Ajax currently lead the Eredivisie - but only on goal difference from AZ Alkmaar.

    UEFA softened its tone on Tuesday toward competition organisers who want to end seasons early before completing all games.

    A statement read: "There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions - in case of a cancelled league - have been developed."

    UEFA said any decisions on those guidelines would be announced after Thursday's meeting of its executive committee.

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose in the past 24 hours by 729 to 34,134, health authorities said on Tuesday, with the total deaths standing at 3,916.

    Restaurants and bars were ordered to remain closed for another three weeks until May 19.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...ue-to-pandemic


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    Sad...

    Was hoping to meet couple of players on the field.

    Hopefully in the future.

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    Hmm. Will lose a valuable opportunity to try squad combinations.


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    Pakistan's tour of the Netherlands is off after the Dutch Govt's ban on sports events





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    The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced following advice from the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB), it has indefinitely postponed its July tour to the Netherlands after the Dutch government banned all events (sports and cultural) until 1 September 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Pakistan national men’s cricket team was scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals in Amstelveen on 4, 7 and 9 July.

    PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “It is sad that we have to postpone our July tour to the Netherlands, but in the prevailing circumstances, this is absolutely the right thing to do as human lives are far more precious and valuable than a cricket match or an event.

    “Netherlands has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and we offer our heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost their lives. Like any other country, the PCB stands firmly with the KNCB and hope they will be able to overcome this crisis.

    “The Pakistan national cricket teams have always enjoyed touring the Netherlands and as soon as things return to normal, the PCB will engage with the KNCB to reschedule the tour so that we can fulfil our obligation.

    “The Pakistan national men’s cricket team’s tours to Ireland, for two Twenty20 Internationals, and England, for three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals, are on track at this stage. We are keeping a watching brief and are in contact with our counterparts in Dublin and London, respectively. As is always the case, the PCB will be happy to be guided by the hosts on the upcoming tours but without compromising on the health and safety of its players and team support personnel.”

    Betty Timmer, Chair of KNCB, said: “It is extremely disappointing that we won’t be able to host any international cricket in the Netherlands this summer. However, the health and safety of the players, staff and fans is our main priority, and in that light the ban on events by the Dutch government is understandable.

    “We truly hope that by next season the situation is under control again, so we can host the Super League series against England, Ireland and the West Indies as planned. We would love to welcome back all cricket fans on our grounds in the summer of 2021.”
    Last edited by MenInG; 22nd April 2020 at 22:05.


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    PSL Finals should resume in July then.

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    Was really looking forward to this.


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    Means Pakistan will go at least one year in between ODIs. October 2019 - October 2020.


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