Just-in: 20 players, 11 officials to travel to Manchester tomorrow

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Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that 20 players and 11 officials will travel to England on Sunday, ARY Sports reported.

Pacer Musa Khan and Wicket-keeper batsman Rohail Nazir to also depart with the side, left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar will join from England to assist the side in pre-series preparations.

Cliffe Deacon and Waqar Younis will join the side directly from South Africa and Australia, respectively, while Shoaib Malik is expected to travel around 24 July.

The team will travel on a chartered flight to Manchester on Sunday morning for a three-Test and three T20I series to be played in August and September.

All 18 players and 11 player support personnel, who had tested negative for Covid-19 in the first round of tests on Monday, have again returned negative in Thursday’s retests. Five reserve players have also returned negative.

PCB Cheif Executive Wasim Khan has hailed board’s medical panel on conducting this process. “Due to the increasing number of national cases and availability of testing labs in some players’ hometowns, I think the PCB medical panel have done a good job to get us through this process,” he said while talking to reporters via video link.

“Based on the national spread of players, there were always going to be some logistical challenges; we have taken a number of learnings from the process that we will take forward with us,” he added.

Wasim also said head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq is also satisfied with the number of players traveling.

“With the Test series being played first in August, Misbah is satisfied with the group of players that are traveling on Sunday as the focus will be on red-ball preparation. Misbah understands that flexibility and adaptability will be needed with his training and practice schedule while operating under various guidelines,” he maintained.

Players to travel to England: 

Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, and Yasir Shah.

Support staff: 

Mansoor Rana (manager), Misbah-ul-Haq (head coach), Younis Khan (batting coach), Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Talha Butt (team analyst), Yasir Malik (strength and conditioning coach), Dr Sohail Saleem (team doctor), Lt Col (retd) Usman Riffat (security manager) and Raza Kitchlew (media and digital content manager).

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