Depleted Pakistan squad leaves for England tour

Ross Houston
June 29, 2020

Ten players in Pakistan's initial 29-man squad tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, but six of that group have since tested negative - Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hasnain.

"PCB showed a bit of mismanagement, we just started doing random testing of players, now players have tested positive for coronavirus, the worst-hit area due to coronavirus is maybe Lahore, then it is Karachi".

Pakistan are scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom on June 28 to play three Tests and as many T20 Internationals starting in August.

Players who have again tested positive are Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Kashif Bhatti and Imran Khan, along with masseur Malang Ali.

Muscat: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday confirmed 20 players and 11 player support personnel will travel on a chartered flight to Manchester on Sunday morning for a three-Test and three T20I series to be played in August and September.

Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali has said that the entire side made a pact to keep their fitness intact during the lockdown phase.

So, as a result, 20 players and 11 members of the support staff will be travelling to England first. Talking about the same, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that Hafeez should have confronted the PCB if he got his second coronavirus test result as negative. "Players are likely to be tested five to seven times before the first Test in England and that is to be done for their safety", he said. Following the Covid positive test results, the board called upon fast bowler Musa Khan and Pakistan U-19 captain and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir.

"They will start a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester before transferring to Derbyshire's The Incora County Ground on July 13 to accelerate their preparation ahead of the first Test, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches", an European Central Bank statement said.

Zafar Gohar, a left-arm spinner who played an ODI against England in Sharjah in 2015, will join the side from England but will only be involved in pre-match preparations.

Pakistan will now quarantine and train at Worcestershire's Blackfinch New Road for 14 days, before a planned move to Derbyshire's Incora County Ground on July 13 to begin internal warm-up matches.

Meanwhile, bowling coach Waqar Younis is heading from Australia to England via Dubai on Saturday to join the Pakistan squad there, and will be appearing for Covid-19 test after arriving there.

Other reports by iNewsToday