Pakistan cricket team to depart for England on June 27
Pakistan cricket team will leave for England in last week of June through a private jet, 24News HD has reported Friday.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three tests in August followed by an equal number of Twenty20 Internationals, with the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19. The Pakistan Cricket Board and The England and Wales Cricket Board have agreed to go ahead with the tour to be played in a ‘bio secure’ environment.
A private jet will reach Lahore airport on June 26 for Pakistan cricket team’s travel to England. Earlier, Pakistan team were scheduled to leave for England in July but the PCB had requested the ECB for the earlier arrangements as it could not hold the training session for the team in Lahore due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic situation in the country.
The ECB has hired the private jet for Pakistan team’s travel from June 26 to June 29 and Pakistan team is likely to depart on the night of June 27.
Pakistan team will reach directly to Birmingham where they would be quarantined for 15 days as per the new protocol set by the UK government and would set training camp in Birmingham as well.
Before departure, all the players and officials will be tested for the coronavirus before June 25. Pakistan have announced a 28-member strong squad for both Test and T20 series and 43-member squad of Pakistan team including officials will leave for England.
Pakistan will play first Test at Manchester from August 5 while second and third Test and T20 series would be played at Southampton. The three-match T20 series will be played from Aug 28 to Sept 1. Both the venues have on-site hotel and were the obvious choice for the tour.
The venues would have testing centres and zones that would be off-limits to anyone other than players and officials. These zones would separate the two teams, match officials, ground staff and the media, with movement between the zones strictly limited.
Following players and officials would depart for England.
Openers (4) – Abid Ali (Sindh, Lahore Qalandars), Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Lahore Qalandars), Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan, Peshawar Zalmi) and Shan Masood (Southern Punjab, Multan Sultans)
Middle-order batsmen (9) – Azhar Ali (captain) (Central Punjab), Babar Azam (Test vice-captain and T20I captain) (Central Punjab, Karachi Kings), Asad Shafiq (Sindh, Multan Sultans), Fawad Alam (Sindh), Haider Ali (Northern, Peshawar Zalmi), Iftikhar Ahmad (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi Kings), Khushdil Shah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Multan Sultans), Mohammad Hafeez (Southern Punjab, Lahore Qalandars), and Shoaib Malik (Southern Punjab, Peshawar Zalmi)
Wicketkeepers (2) - Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi Kings) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh, Quetta Gladiators)
Fast bowlers (10) – Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab, Islamabad United), Haris Rauf (Northern, Lahore Qalandars), Imran Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Abbas (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh, Quetta Gladiators), Naseem Shah (Central Punjab, Quetta Gladiators), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Northern, Lahore Qalandars), Sohail Khan (Sindh, Quetta Gladiators), Usman Shinwari (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Lahore Qalandars) and Wahab Riaz (Southern Punjab, Peshawar Zalmi)
Spinners (4) – Imad Wasim (Northern, Karachi Kings), Kashif Bhatti (Sindh), Shadab Khan (Northern, Islamabad United) and Yasir Shah (Balochistan, Peshawar Zalmi).
Misbah-ul-Haq – Head Coach
Shahid Aslam – Assistant to Head Coach
Waqar Younis - Bowling Coach
Abdul Majeed – Fielding Coach
Yasir Malik – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Talha Butt – Team Analyst
Cliffe Deacon – Physiotherapist
Malang Ali – Masseur
Mansoor Rana – Team Manager
Col Usman Riffat Anwari (retd) – Team Security Manager
Raza Rashid – Team Media Manager
Additional team management:
Younus Khan – Batting Coach for England tour
Mushtaq Ahmed – Spin bowling coach for England tour
Dr Sohail Saleem – Team Doctor for England tour