LAHORE: The second group of six cricketers who had tested negative for the coronavirus will depart for Manchester on Friday, 3rd July.
The players will travel by the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines to join the tour. The six players are Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz.
From Manchester, the six players will be transported to Worcester. They will be tested for the coronavirus by the England Cricket Board (ECB) and will then integrate with the national team.
The six players underwent a fourth round of COVID-19 testing as available flights asked for test reports and tested negative, making them eligible to join the England tour.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s squad of 20 players and twelve officials trained in Worcestershire Cricket Club for the first time after they were tested negative for the coronavirus. They will move to Derbyshire on 13th June.
Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said he enjoyed being on the field after a gap of almost three months. “It is good to be back on the field after a long time. We really enjoyed our session today and we are looking forward to continuing this positivity throughout the whole tour.”
Pakistan will play the first Test on August 5 in Manchester. The remaining two Test matches will be played in Southampton, starting on 13th and 21st August respectively.
Pakistan will also play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in Southampton on 29th and 31st August and the final match on 2nd September.
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