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PCB disallows WAGs of Pakistani cricketers during World Cup


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rejected a suggestion from national team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to have players’ WAGs travelling with them during the ICC World Cup in England.

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The decision, however, does not abide during the series against England before the mega event. Pakistan cricketers, can, therefore have their families along with them during the series against England.

Pakistan will be heading to England on April 23 and will play 5 ODIs and 1 T20 against England after which they will begin to gear up for the World Cup.

A PCB official said to the media,

“Yes there was a suggestion from the captain and players that they should be allowed to have their wives and children with them in England during the World Cup but the board has not allowed this.”

The source said the board wanted the players to be totally focused on cricket during the World Cup.

“This decision has been taken by the team management,” he said.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, in a recent television interview, cleared his wishes and views regarding the accompaniment of family members in long tours.

“The World Cup and our tour of England is a long one. I believe that even cricketing wise it helps a player relax if his family is with him,” the Pakistan skipper said.

“When a player returns to his room after a day’s tensions and pressure it helps to have your family. A player wants to relax and unwind after a hard day. In Pakistan, we can go out with our friends and relatives to relax but we can’t get that atmosphere abroad.

“So I think if you have your wife and children you can focus on them and spend time with them and this helps you relax mentally for the next day as well,” he said.

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