Players reluctant to take part in long training camp ahead of England tour


Karachi: Some Pakistani players are reluctant to take part in a long training camp ahead of England tour, which is scheduled in the month of August.

According to sources, some players have told head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq that they would prefer to have a short training camp at High-Performance Centre in Lahore.

“Some players are reluctant to stay away for a three-week period in Lahore and then again for more than two months in the UK,” the source said as quoted by PTI.

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Sources have also revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking to get the clearance from the Pakistan government before setting up a training camp.

“Different plans are being looked at but the most important thing is that the board will have to get the final nod from the government before it goes ahead with the tour to England or even the training camp,” an official in the board said.

High-Performance Centre doesn’t have enough lodging facilities to accommodate around 25-30 players which is causing a big issue for board officials.

It must be noted that once the players and officials move into the high-performance centre,  they will not be allowed to go out or meet anyone including their family members because of the ‘bio-secure’ environment.

PCB is yet to confirm a ‘bio-secure’ tour of England from July-September this year. As many as 25 players will fly for England to play three Tests and as many T20Is. The players will undergo a three-week training camp, likely to start later this week or next week.

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