PCB, BCB postpone third phase of Bangladesh tour of Pakistan
The last leg of Bangladesh's three-phase tour of Pakistan has been postponed with the mutual consent of both cricketing boards owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fears regarding the spread of COVID-19 has continued to play havoc with sports events across the globe, leading to the cancellation of multiple competitions and bilateral series.
Bangladesh were due to play a one-off ODI on April 1 followed by the second Test of the two-match series against Pakistan. Both matches were planned to be held in Karachi as Pakistan gradually re-emerges as a viable venue for international cricket after a decade of isolation.
"The Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket boards have decided to postpone the upcoming one-day International and Test in Karachi for a later date," the media release from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated.
Pakistan currently boast an unassailable 1-0 lead in the Test series with the outcome of the next game set to impact both teams' respective standing in the World Test Championship table. Earlier, the date of the solitary ODI was shifted from April 3 to April 1 to allow the touring party enough time to acclimatize to the alien conditions.
The PCB has also indefinitely postponed the domestic Pakistan Cup, which was scheduled to commence on March 25.
The announcement comes days after the PCB has been forced to hold remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League behind closed doors amidst the exodus of overseas stars.
Although Pakistan has thus far recorded fewer than 100 cases of the novel coronavirus and no deaths, precautionary measures have been taken to prevent the further transmission of the COVID-19.