PCB to send 2 squad together for ‘bio-secure’ tour
On occasion of England tour, Pakistan plan to send a 25-man squad to England in July to meet the demands of playing an entire tour in a ‘bio-secure’ bubble for the travel restrictions. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim confirmed in that a combined squad is ready to take off.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three tests in August followed by an equal number of Twenty20 players. Although the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19 contamination.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) detailed the provisions they planned to implement for the tour. The PCB was encouraged by the proposals, in a presentation on Friday Wasim khan confirmed.
“So from that point of view, in principle, we are planning towards touring England. The PCB would seek medical advice and government guidance before going on the tour,”
The UK government has said elite sport can return in June without spectators. Therefore, England hope to begin their delayed summer of cricket with a test series against West Indies in next month.
Pakistan will have to arrive almost a month before the first test to undergo a two-week quarantine period mandatory for all visitors. They also have to get in some match practice before the start of the series.
The test and Twenty20 squads will travel together, giving team management options in the event of injuries due to travel restrictions and pandemic.
“From a manageability point of view, it makes sense for us and the ECB that the whole squad travel as one, so you create a bubble if you like around those players for the whole of the time that they are in England,” Khan said.
The ECB has not announced venues for the tour yet. But the British media tipped Manchester and Southampton, both with on-site hotels, to stage the series.