Azhar Ali. (Source: Twitter)

The PCB, asked the ECB to make advanced arrival of its National team in the UK after cancelling the pre tour training camp due to rising cases of COVID 19 in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board now wants its team to reach England a full 40 days before the Test series gets underway in August.

The PCB announced that it will not be holding any training camp for the players before the Team leaves for England. Over 100,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Pakistan with more than 2000 deaths.” Keeping into account the COVID-19 threat in the coming weeks, the operational and logistical matters as well as the observation that keeping the players in a safe and secure environment would remain a challenge, the PCB has decided not to hold a training camp for the Men’s National team prior to their departure for England.” .Read a PCB Statement.

Following the cancellation of the Camp the PCB has asked the ECB to prepare an itinerary which allows the Pakistani team to reach earlier. The team was originally scheduled to land in UK on the 6th of July.

A PCB official said, after discussions it had become clear that some players were reluctant to attend a training camp in Lahore as they wanted to spend time with their families before leaving for a long tour of England. The PCB is planning to send at-least 25 players in the touring squad, to cater for replacements required in case of injury and illness etc.

PCB ,also said that since the West Indies squad has already reached England for their Test series, the Board would now be keeping a close eye on things and also asked ECB to update them periodically on how the bio-security environment was working for the players and staff.

According to ESPN cricinfo PCB Cancelled the training camp due to its inability to construct a bio bubble at its National Cricket Academy in Lahore due to paucity of rooms in the residential complex.

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