Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is thinking to send their national cricket team to England two weeks before the tour officially begins in late June. PCB wants to organise a training camp in English conditions, before beginning of the long tour.
A PCB Official said that the new chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and the new head coach Mickey Arthur had suggested for a training/acclimatisation camp which would be set up in Hampshire from June 13 or 14.
The PCB official said, “The idea is that the Pakistani players selected for the four-match Test series should attend a camp to be set up in Hampshire so that the new coach and support staff can work on them and prepare them for the expected tough series.”
Earlier, PCB had rejected a proposal to send the Pakistan cricket team to England early for adapting to English condition. But after an intervention of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mickey Arthur, PCB is rethinking about this despite the expenses will be raised for that.
Pakistan will play 4 Tests, 5 ODIs and one T20I against England in that tour along with 2 ODIs against Ireland in Ireland. Pakistan’s international journey will begin from 14th July with 1st Test at Lord’s London. Before that Test series, Pakistan will also play two three-day warm-up matches against domestic teams, starting from July 3.
The official added, “Inzamam is responsive to the idea of going to England to also watch the camp since this summer the Pakistan A team and Pakistan women’s team are also playing in England.”
Inzamam has already announced a list of 25 probable cricketers for the Pakistan A squad in England tour and is very eager to view the youngsters closely in the English conditions. Inzamam had also said during the announcement of probable Pakistan A squad that if any player performed exceptionally well for A side, he could be considered for the senior team.
Former Pakistan Test batsman Basit Ali is expected to be named head coach of the Pakistan A squad while former Pakistan Test pacer Kabir Khan may serve the bowling coach of the team.