Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is ready to send the national team to England for three Tests and as many T20Is in August and September.
According to The Telegraph, the England Cricket Board (ECB) has convinced PCB after positive talks over biosecurity arrangements. Pakistan and England are likely to play the first Test from August 5 instead of July 30. T20I series will take place in September.
Pakistan is likely to travel with 25 players who will stay in England throughout for both Test and T20I series. The players will be tested on arrival and face regular checks to stay on top of any potential Covid-19 outbreak.
The national team will arrive in early July, probably on a charter flight provided by the ECB to avoid the risk of picking up an infection on a commercial airliner. All the players will remain in quarantine for 14 days before getting to the ground for training.
“We had a very thorough briefing and were pleased with what we were told,” said Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive. “A lot of time and energy has gone into the plans. The attention to detail was impressive and we are satisfied that safety will be the number one priority at all times. We stand in solidarity with the ECB. The cricket family needs to be united to make sure cricket starts moving in the right direction again. It is a very critical time for the game and we have been massively reassured by the plans put in place by the ECB.”