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Pakistan’s tour to England looks in jeopardy

Team Pakistan looks likely to call-off their month-long training camp ahead of the England tour as the coronavirus case count in the country rises at a shocking rate. As of now, the total positive Covid-19 cases in the country have surged close to 105,000.

30 players were due to take part in Lahore for training, however only 25 to 27 of the involved players were expected to depart for the tour.

Creating a bio-secure environment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) along with a secure route from the hotel now seems like a massively difficult for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The squad could instead look towards spending some more weeks in the United Kingdom before the series to complete their preparations.

The board faces a near impossible task of giving a ‘bio-secure’ environment at the NCA in Lahore for the aforementioned training camps.

The venue does not have the ability to facilitate 30 cricketers while simultaneously maintaining the ‘Social Distancing’ rule.

After a virus-free environment was established, allowing the players to go back home after each session would have proved to be a dangerous element. The PCB would have also needed to take the government into confidence if lockdown policies were altered.

According to details, England is hopeful that the ‘bio-secure’ environment can pave the way for the return of cricket. West Indies and Pakistan have agreed to tour the country in July and August respectively. Both teams will arrive ahead of time and will be kept in quarantine. England has selected venues where the hotels are close to the ground so that travel can be restricted.

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