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Pakistan players arrive in England amid Covid-19 scare

A depleted Pakistan squad consisting of 20 players and support staff arrived in England via a chartered flight from Lahore, on Sunday morning despite novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Upon arrival in Manchester, the squad was taken to Worcestershire where the players were scheduled to undergo the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Covid-19testing before starting their 14-day isolation period. During that period, the Men in Green will be allowed to train train and practice. The Men in Green will move to Derbyshire on July 13.

According to the original schedule, the opening Test is scheduled to be played on August 5 in Manchester. Pakistan will play the remaining two games in Southampton, starting on August 13 and 21 respectively. Pakistan will then play the hosts in 3 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in Southampton on August 29, 31 and September 2.

Pakistan’s travelling squad

Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imad Wasim, Imamul Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, and Yasir Shah.

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

Player support personnel

Mansoor Rana (manager), Misbahul Haq (head coach), Younis Khan (batting coach), Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Talha Butt (team analyst), Yasir Malik (strength and conditioning coach), Dr Sohail Saleem (team doctor), Lt Col (retd) Usman Riffat (security manager) and Raza Kitchlew (media and digital content manager).

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

PCB had earlier announced a 29-member squad for the tour but following advice from leading sports science experts and as per the UK government regulations, players who had tested positive, during the PCB testing process, were unable to travel on Sunday. 6 Pakistan players who tested negative for Covid-19, in the second phase, will go through a retest on Monday, June 29. If negative, they will be sent to England as soon as possble.

It is to be known that, after retest, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan all tested negative for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan had once again tested positive for the virus.

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