Misbah-ul-Haq, (Pakistan Head Coach & Chief Selector) requested to extend the duration of the first World Test Championship after the COVID-19 pandemic. The finals of the Test Championship that commenced last year was planned for the Lord’s next year. During this period all matches that were scheduled are likely to be affected.
All cricketing activities have come to an indefinite halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second test against Bangladesh was also postponed by Pakistan, who is next scheduled in July in England. He thought extending the tournament is a good idea, to end the event in a balance. If the event was extended, then the matches could be rescheduled.
One of the major contentions forMisbah-ul-Haq’s expression was that all the teams would get an equal opportunity at the game and a chance to make it to the Test Championship finals. He also felt that when cricket resumed the teams should get equivalent opportunities to play in the ICC World Test Championship final. This can come true if the tournament was extended to 2021.
Furthermore, he didn’t agree with comments made by allrounder Mohammed Hafeez, where the PCB would allow tainted players back into the national fold. Hafeez for his part was not happy with Mohammad Amir’s return, who objected to Sharjeel Khan’s comeback after a ban of two and a half years.
Misbah-ul-Haq said that he respected the opinions of the ICC and PCB, as they are authorities who will decide on such matters.
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