The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced they are planning to hold a pre-England tour camp from early June in Lahore in 'strict bio-secure conditions'. The players will train in Lahore before heading for the England tour in early part of July.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is starting from early August. There hasn’t been an official announcement about the tour going ahead or not. However, both PCB and ECB held ‘positive talks’ about the arrangements on May 15.
The focal point during the meeting was the arrangement for players in the UK, which has been struck immensely by the coronavirus. It is also understood the players will be travelling on a chartered plane (provided by the ECB) to avoid any sort of risk of contracting the virus, as compared to a commercial airline.
The PCB, in a briefing held today, informed the players that it will be aiming to send a 25-man squad to England – which includes both red and white ball players – in early July. The squad will stay together till the tour officially ends in September, and will have a quarantine period of two weeks on arrival back in Pakistan. The players will be updated accordingly following a next round of talks with England and Wales Cricket Board.
According to the press release issued today, Dr Sohail Saleem (PCB Head of Medical and Sports Sciences), Waqar Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq are working on devising a schedule for the players under strict health and safety guidelines.
“It seems the Pakistan cricket team will have to remain under strict bio-secure environment for up to three months,” said PCB chief executive, Wasim Khan.
“Players will be given an option to withdraw if they are still not satisfied with the provisions that will be put in place; full details will be provided in the coming weeks,” he added.