Pakistan tour of England: Old Trafford Test to happen despite Great Manchester lockdown

According to latest developments, with a spike in coronavirus cases, new restrictions have been imposed in the Greater Manchester area. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board have assured England’s first Test with Pakistan at Old Trafford will remain affected by extra coronavirus impositions.

The government has banned separate households from meeting each other indoors across the area. The opener against Pakistan is slated to start on Wednesday, 5 August.

The ECB says it will continue to follow government advice, but protocols in place will allow the game to proceed.

England recently completed a 2-1 series win over West Indies, with the final two Tests taking place at Old Trafford in a bio-secure bubble without spectators.

The new lockdown rules in Greater Manchester, as well as other areas in the north, came into force at midnight after a spike in coronavirus cases.

The measures mean different households will not be allowed to meet in homes or private gardens. Individual households will still be able to go to pubs and restaurants but not mix with other households.

England’s victory over West Indies moved them third in the World Test Championship, behind India and Australia.

The second and third Tests against Pakistan will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.