Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in contact with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the national team’s early departure to England after they decided not to hold training camp for players due to prevailing COVID-19 in the country.
According to sources, PCB is waiting for ECB’s response as they have requested for additional practice matches and training sessions.
After the response of the English board, the selection committee will select the team, however, they have completed the preliminary consultation on the selection of the team.
A collective squad of 25 players will travel to England for Tests and T20Is. Apart from 21 players in the central contract and emerging category, other options are also under consideration.
Names of Fawad Alam, Imran Khan SR, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Musa, Rohail Nazir, Asif Ali, Kashif Bhatti, Khushdil Shah, and Amad Butt are under consideration.
The names of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, and Mohammad Amir are also under consideration.
It must be noted here that the players were to undergo a training camp at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. But, the facilities there were not enough to provide a bio-secure environment for around 25 to 30 players at a time.
The PCB, meanwhile, has reminded the players to not to practice at cricket grounds during this period and that they must observe and adhere to strict social distancing protocols.