Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja has said that there are double standards when it comes to handling the covid situation. The comments came after seven England members of the ODI setup tested positive for COVID.
Covid-19 has spread all over the world now. Everyone is battling this pandemic. While people are fighting every day, cricket is one of the ways to keep everyone entertained. Ramiz Raja has said that England is showing double standards in dealing with cricket.
He pointed out that the Pakistan team is continuing with their England tour despite seven members of the England team testing positive for Covid-19. England, on the other hand, had left a tour of South Africa mid-way last year after COVID-19 breached the home side bubble.
“England team suffer at the hands of COVID yet Pakistan team stays. South Africa had one player with symptoms of covid in Dec and England chose to leave quoting mental challenges. West needs to acknowledge the spirit of sub continent and commitment to the game… nahin??,” he asked on Twitter.
England team suffer at the hands of COVID yet Pakistan team stays. South Africa had one player with symptoms of covid in Dec and England chose to leave quoting mental challenges. West needs to acknowledge the spirit of sub continent and commitment to the game… nahin??
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 7, 2021
Mpumelelo Mbangwa Replied
Mpumelelo Mbangwa, a former Zimbabwe player replied saying that the African and West Indian side also show the same commitment.
The West Indies too.
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) July 7, 2021
PCB satisfied with England’s arrangements at the moment
On Tuesday, COVID hit the England camp, forcing the ECB to announce a fresh squad for the ODI series against Pakistan. The new squad will be led by Ben Stokes and has nine uncapped players.
PCB was satisfied with the arrangements made by ECB.
“The PCB is satisfied by the assurances and guarantees provided by the ECB on behalf of its medical panel, and feels comfortable with the existing protocols that have been put in place to ensure all the Pakistan players and player support staff remain safe and secure throughout the duration of the series, which commences on Thursday, July 8, in Cardiff,” the PCB said in its official statement.
“The PCB has also been in touch with its team management and has advised them to exercise extra caution while in the hotel or at the match venue,” it added.