The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the Pakistan men’s cricket team will arrive in the UK on Sunday to start preparation for this summers tour of England, which includes three Test matches and as many T20Is.
This announcement from the ECB comes even though as many as ten Pakistan players tested positive for COVID-19.
However, there is still no clarity on the dates for the series which the ECB are planning to announce the behind-closed-doors schedule in “due course".
The 10 Pakistan players, including Mohammad Hafeez, who have tested positive for the coronavirus have been placed under home-quarantine and will not be part of the squad departing to the UK.
“They (Pakistan team) 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," stated the ECB.
“All members of the tour party will have been tested prior to travel. Those who are testing positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday," it added.
England are currently slated to face West Indies in the three-match Test series starting July 8 at the Ageas Bowl.
Also, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating relaxing their Covid-19 testing policy ahead of the tour of England.
When the PCB agreed to the tour, they had announced a strict testing policy which meant that only players who twice tested negative for coronavirus would board the plane to England.
However, with 10 out of the 29 players selected for the tour testing positive for the virus earlier this week, a change in plans may be in the works.
Dr Sohail Saleem, the head of PCB’s medical department, has been speaking to medical experts around the world in a bid to get different opinions on this issue.
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“Dr Sohail has been seeking opinions from several leading medical experts before making a call on whether those players who have tested positive can be sent to England after returning one negative test,” a well-placed source was quoted as saying by thenews.com.pk.