20-Man Pakistan Squad Depart For England Tour

Pakistan can target England's 'fragile' top order says Azhar Ali

20-Man Pakistan Squad Depart For England Tour

Those cricketers and officials who were found negative in the first round of tests are staying at a hotel under a bio-secure environment, and their second round tests were also conducted in the hotel. While their results came negative, as per the PCB testing programme, they are deemed to have one negative test following a positive test. The board, clearly upset with Hafeez's refusal to go into quarantine gave him a rap on the knuckles.

On Saturday, Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, announced that six of those ten players returned negative results when they were tested for the second time.

"This is a very intriguing situation for the board".

"PCB showed a bit of mismanagement, we just started doing random testing of players, now players have tested positive for coronavirus, the worst-hit area due to coronavirus is maybe Lahore, then it is Karachi".

Coronavirus Pakistan announce initial 20-man squad travelling to England

Wasim Khan said Pakistan were observing European Central Bank guidelines. "As soon as these players test negative twice through the PCB testing process they will be flown to England to join the squad".

Follow-up tests found Bhatti, Rauf, Ali and Imran Khan were still positive.

"That is why he took a second test privately as a precautionary measure he had no intention to embarrass the authorities", the source said.

Pakistan are scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom on June 28 to play three Tests and as many T20 Internationals starting in August.

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Other than him, five more players in Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hasnain have also tested negative for COVID-19.

According to PCB, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis will join the side directly from Australia, while veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik "is expected to travel around July 24".

Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Mohammad Nawaz - who were named as reserves earlier in the week - don't find a spot in the touring party.

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"The squad will head towards Worcestershire where they will undergo the England and Wales Cricket Board testing before completing their 14-day isolation period, during which they will be allowed to train and practice", the cricket board mentioned in its press release.

Pakistan squad travelling to England: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah.

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