The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has agreed to an outbound tour of the coronavirus-ravaged England in July.
Players will not be forced to go and it will be entirely each player’s own decision to go on the tour.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan told the media that PCB has in principle agreed to tour England in July with more details soon to be discussed between the two boards.
During the discussions with the English board held via video link on Friday, it was agreed that Pakistan would play the matches behind closed doors at grounds that have hotels inside the ground. But players won’t be made to go against their wishes. The tour will consist of three Tests and three T20s.
“If a player doesn’t want to go, we will accept their decision and take no disciplinary action,” Khan said, adding, however, that based on his information, every player wants to join the tour. Khan said 25 players will travel to England on four chartered flights in the first week of July and the players will be put in quarantine.
Working plans include flying the Pakistan squad into the UK on a chartered flight in early July and allocating them one venue as a base, where they can not only carry out their training and intra-squad practice games but also spend the mandatory two-week quarantine period put in place by the UK government for all visitors from outside the country.
The PCB is yet to get approval for the tour from the Pakistani government.