Pakistan to arrive in England on Sunday, then quarantine

  • Pakistan to arrive in England on Sunday, then quarantine

Pakistan to arrive in England on Sunday, then quarantine

Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq on Friday lashed out his country's cricket board and its medical staff for ignoring to look after the health of the players who have tested positive for coronavirus. While their results came up negative, as per the PCB testing programme, they are deemed to have one negative test following a positive test.

The PCB subsequently announced the 20-player side in a statement, with Azhar Ali to lead the squad and Babar Azam named as vice-captain.

"This is a very intriguing situation for the board".

"Following advice from leading sports science experts and as per the United Kingdom government regulations, players who have tested positive during the PCB testing process will be unable to travel on Sunday", the press release stated. "Therefore, once they are retested and receive a second negative result under the PCB testing programme, they will be available to join the squad in England", Khan said.

However, it was learnt that many of those players who had tested positive in the first round went to hospitals in their respective cities to appear for the second round of tests instead of giving the samples at their homes where they are supposed to serving the quarantine, period.

"That is why he took a second test privately as a precautionary measure he had no intention to embarrass the authorities", the source said. "The tour of England is important for Pakistan, we need to send our solid team there if we want to win the Test series", he added.

Get breaking news alerts. "These players will undergo tests following the completion of the quarantine period and will be sent to England following two negative tests", the PCB stated.

Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who himself got tested negative a day after PCB's results were made public, has once again tested negative. Pakistan fast bowler Musa Khan and under-19 captain Rohail Nazir were among five reserve players and both tested negative.

Cliffe Deacon and Waqar Younis will join the side directly from South Africa and Australia, respectively, while Shoaib Malik is expected to travel around 24 July.

"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.