|| Desk Report ||
Pakistan cricket team, including 20 players and support staff, amid the coronavirus threat arrived in England on Sunday for their upcoming much-talked-about assignment.
The visiting side is scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in August and September though the dates for the series have still not been announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) either. The matches will be played behind-closed-doors.
The Pakistan cricketers and the support staff arrived in Manchester on a chartered flight from Lahore and were then transported to Worcestershire. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared the video of the team’s arrival on their official Twitter handle in which both the players and the support staff were seen wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
The team will now undergo England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) testing before completing their 14-day isolation period, during which they will be allowed to train and practice. The side will then move to Derbyshire on July 13.
A total of six players out of 10 coronavirus-infected Pakistan cricketers -- Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz -- have been held back in Lahore and would be sent to England only after two of their successive tests return negative.
England are currently scheduled to take on visiting West Indies in the three-Test series, beginning July 8 at the Ageas Bowl.