Shoaib Malik to meet his family before joining team in England


Lahore: Senior batsman Shoaib Malik will not travel with the Pakistan men’s team as he has been given special travel dispensation by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The 38-year-old will join the team on 24 July after spending time with his family, whom he has not seen for nearly five months.

Malik’s wife, tennis star Sania Mirza, and one-year-old son, Izhaan Mirza Malik, have been in India, while Pakistani cricketer spent the last few months in Sialkot due international travel ban following the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Previously he was involved in Pakistan Super League (PSL), which commenced on 20 February before it was suspended on 17 March.

“Travel restrictions are now slowly easing out and there is an opportunity for a family reunion, it is appropriate that at a human level we show compassion as part of our duty of care and respect Shoaib’s request,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in a statement released by the board.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have understand the situation and have agreed to make an exception by helping Shoaib to enter the country on 24 July.

It must be noted the team will depart on 28 June for Manchester, before driving to Derbyshire for their 14-day quarantine period during which they will be allowed to train and practice.

Apart from training and practicing, there will be intra-squad matches to compensate for the lack of practice matches due to the non-availability of local teams as the ECB is yet to commence its domestic season.

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