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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking for their government’s permission to start the training camp for cricketers ahead of the England Tour in August. The two teams will play three-match Test series and T20I series behind the close doors.
As per the PCB official, the board is building different plans to ensure proper safety to their players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, Pakistan would be resuming cricket activities after over three months.
“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,” a PCB official told the Press Trust of India [PTI].
Pakistan to provide a bio-secure environment:
The head coach Misbah-ul-Haq wants 25 players to join the training camp though the list is not finalized. PCB is also looking at the High-Performance Center in Lahore as the possible venue for the training camp where a proper bio-secure environment would be provided to players.
“Head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq understandably wants at least 25 players in the training camp and a list is being finalized but before it is announced the board wants to create a proper bio-secure environment at the high-performance center so that everyone is safe from COVID-19,” the official said.
Players are allowed to snub England tour
A PCB official has said that some players have told head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq that they would prefer a short training camp in Lahore. Some have also shown disinterest in joining the camps amid the pandemic.
“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.
Meanwhile, PCB has cleared that no disciplinary action would be taken if the players disagree to tour England. It would be the players’ choice to participate in the Test series or not.