Reduced Pakistan squad leaves for England tour

Pakistan’s T20 captain Babar Azam with Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq. Photo: Twitter/Babar Azam

LAHORE: A decreased Pakistan squad left for the its first tour to England on Sunday, after sports activities exercise was halted worldwide, for a 3 Test and as many T20Is after half the gamers and a few members of the assist workers examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

Pakistan’s T20 captain Babar Azam tweeted an image of a number of the gamers from the aircraft.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief govt Wasim Khan on Saturday mentioned the gamers left behind can rejoin the squad of 18 gamers as soon as they’ve taken two adverse checks.

“Eighteen players who had tested negative in their first round of testing have again tested negative as have 11 officials from the team management,” mentioned Khan.

Players Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti first examined optimistic earlier this week.

Of these, 4 gamers had been such that examined optimistic each occasions — Kashif, Haris, Haider and Imran, whereas the remaining six — Hasnain, Shadab, Fakhar, Rizwan, Wahab and Hafeez — examined adverse the second time round.

The staff’s masseur Malang Ali examined optimistic twice.

Khan mentioned that in England, the staff will as soon as extra bear testing inside the first 24 hours of arrival. “No questions have been raised by England over our testing methods,” he mentioned.

He added that bowling coach Waqar Younis underwent testing in Australia and has been identified adverse. Younis will fly for England from there, he added.

Of the 5 reserve gamers, he mentioned 4 — Moosa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Bilal Asif and Mohammad Nawaz — had examined adverse and one — Imran Butt — had examined optimistic.

Waseem mentioned Zafar Gohar will even be a part of the staff in England. “He has only been called for practice,” he added.

The squad can have a 14-day isolation interval on arrival earlier than persevering with their preparations forward of the primary Test with two four-day warm-up matches.

It is predicted that the primary Test will happen in Manchester in August however the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) mentioned the behind-closed-doors match schedule could be introduced in “due course”.

Squad flying off on Sunday consists of Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (T20 captain), Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Imad Wasim, and Yasir Shah.

Reserve gamers Rohail Nazir and Musa Khan will even fly out.

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