Pakistan Tour of England: Pakistan team starts training amid 14-day quarantine period

The Pakistan team which arrived in England this week, took to the training nets earlier yesterday for the upcoming Test series against the Three Lions in August.

While the 20 players and 11 management personnel in the Pakistan touring party have tested negative for coronavirus, the subcontinent team rather looked in a rush to start off preparations.

The official Twitter handle of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also shared snippets from the practice session.

However, the rule strictly mandates that all teams are required to undergo a fourteen-day quarantine period before they can step out to train. For perspective, even the West Indies team, which play England prior to the Pakistan series also

Pakistan players went through a series of tests after which it was initially found that 10 of players tested positive for the novel virus. However, PCB on Tuesday confirmed 6 of those 10 cricketers have returned negative Covid-19 results after the second set of results and will join rest of the team in Worcestershire.

The PCB, of late, was also embroiled in controversy when Hafeez created a stir by getting himself tested at a private facility, which declared him negative just a day after he was put on the infected list.

Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz is slated to depart for Manchester on July 3. This second group of six Pakistan cricketers will then be transported to Worcester and will integrate with the squad after they test negative in England and Wales Cricket Board’s testing programme.

Pakistan will play England in a three-Test and three T20 International series in August-September. The Green shirts have maintained a clean sheet in Test series against England since 2010 while England have also not lost a home series since 2014 and are expected to maintain their streak against Pakistan.