ENG v PAK 2020: "On our way to another historic tour", Pakistan team depart for UK

The visitors will play three Tests and three T20Is against Engand in a bio-secure bubble.

Players and support staff are travelling to the UK | Twitter/PCB

20 Pakistani players and 11 support staff personnel departed for the "historic" tour of England amid COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday (June 28), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed. 

The team will face England in three Tests and three T20Is, the dates and venues for which haven't yet been announced. 

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The visitors' 14-day quarantine period begins on arrival in Worcester before they accelerate their preparation for the series in Derbyshire, where they'll play two inter-squad warm-up matches ahead of the first Test.

The entire trip will be held in a bio-secure bubble due to the pandemic. 

On the team's departure, white-ball skipper Babar Azam took to Twitter and wrote: "On our way to another historic Pakistan tour to England. Its always great to play in England and I look forward to get on this journey with our talented bunch of players. Fans, as always we would be in need of your prayers, love and unconditional support". 

Initially, an extended, 29-man playing squad and 14 support staff members were to depart for the UK. But then ten Pakistani players were declared COVID-19 positive. 

They were properly monitored and on resulting negative the second time around, six of those ten were also allowed to travel, as PCB CEO Wasim Khan announced. 

Players who have departed for 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


By Kashish Chadha - 28 Jun, 2020

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