Pakistan squad will face a two-week isolation interval on arrival earlier than persevering with their preparations.© AFP
The Pakistan cricket squad left Sunday for his or her England tour with out 10 gamers who had examined optimistic for coronavirus. Test skipper Azhar Ali stated Pakistan the vacationers have been wanting ahead to taking part in in what shall be a few of the first Test matches because the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a worldwide lockdown. “All the players are excited after a tough period,” stated Azhar on the eve of departure. “Though a tour to England has always been challenging, our performances there on the last two tours (in 2016 and 2018) are encouraging and we will try to repeat those.”
Pakistan drew a four-Test sequence 2-2 in 2016 and a two-match sequence 1-1 two years later.
A chartered aircraft carried 20 squad members together with two reserves, who have been seen carrying masks and observing social distancing at Lahore airport in photos launched by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The squad will face a two-week isolation interval on arrival earlier than persevering with their preparations forward of the primary Test with two four-day warm-up matches.
The travelling occasion didn’t embrace 10 gamers who examined optimistic for the virus final week. Six later examined unfavourable for the virus, however will gamers shall be allowed to rejoin the squad as soon as they’ve had two consecutive unfavourable outcomes.
Pakistan are because of play three Tests in opposition to England in August adopted by three Twenty20 internationals.
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