Michael Holding, the legendary pacer from West Indies feels Pakistan cricket team would be better off touring England than staying in their country keeping in mind the spurge of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan.
A day ago, 10 England-bound Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for the Coronavirus among the 29 selected. However, both the country’s cricket boards have insisted that the tour stays “very much on track”.
“Well, it would seem that England is safer than whatever is happening in Pakistan right now,” Holding said during his YouTube show ”Mikey – Holding Nothing Back.
“They (Pakistan team) are perhaps better off coming to England as opposed to staying in Pakistan because it is even worse there. Once they get to England, they will be in a bio-secure area,” he added.
Pakistan is due to leave for the UK on 28th June to play three Test matches and as many T20 Internationals which will start from the month of August.
Holding also expressed his concerns
Pakistan former captain Mohammad Hafeez was found positive for the coronavirus by the PCB on Tuesday but a day after he claimed he has tested negative.
Michael Holding also spoke about the easing of restrictions in the UK indicating things were better there.
“They will be reducing the six feet apart rule that was being insisted on, bringing it down to three feet or one meter apart. Things are getting a little bit easier there.
“Once they (Pakistan team) arrive, they will have to do their two weeks of quarantine as I am doing at the moment. They will be moved to a bio-secure area to make sure they are not infected. They should be ok from there on,” Michael Holding said.
He also added that if the citizens have problem with the Pakistan team arriving in England then they would not be at fault.
“If anyone should say that the tour should not go ahead, it should be the ECB or the people here in England because Pakistan is among the top countries in terms of positive tests,” he said.
“I don’t think there is much chance of getting it once they get here as we have seen with the West Indies team.”
The West Indies team has not faced any health issues since they arrived in the United Kingdom, yet. However, it is still to see whether the PCB goes ahead with the tour or like other bigger tournaments, this too gets postponed. It has high chances of getting postpones as most of their players are affected. Previously, BAN-NZ, BAN-SL Test series got postponed.