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Pakistan’s tour of England to happen in the first week of July

The Pakistan men’s team is most likely to jet-off for their scheduled tour to England on July 5 or 6, where they will play 3 Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against the hosts.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan is confident about the team’s tour of England going ahead as planned.

“ECB is trying its best to ensure cricket takes place this summer, including plane for travel to the bio-secure venues where we will play in,” Khan said.

“It’s encouraging from that perspective and the PCB is very optimistic about the plans in place.” he added.

Meanwhile, PCB is currently working to put together a squad of 25 to 28 players for the aforementioned tour and is expected to organise some warm-up fixtures among the local players during the tour, in order to prepare for the series following a long hiatus from the sport.

The Pakistan players will also be allowed start their training sessions from next week. A routine training plan has been laid for each player by Dr. Sohail Saleem after talks with Pakistan chief selector-cum-head coach Misbahul Haq, bowling coach Waqar Younis and Strength and conditioning coach Yasir Malik.

During the first stage from next week, the focus will be on individual training. From the first week of June, all players will report at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore and will start training in a group.

For this purpose, all safety procedures and health protocols will be followed at the NCA. After getting clearance from the government, a camp will also be setup in Gaddafi Stadium, where players will take part in practice matches before departing for the England tour.

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