20 players, 11 support staff leaves for Manchester

Pakistan confirm 20-man squad which departs for England on Sunday

Pakistan confirm 20-man squad which departs for England on Sunday

The ECB, however, stated that all those players of the Pakistan team who have been tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday. Hafeez's result came positive along with nine other players and an official. The board, clearly upset with Hafeez's refusal to go into quarantine gave him a rap on the knuckles.

In a positive news, all 18 players and 11 player support personnel, who had tested negative for Covid-19 in the first round of tests on Monday, had again returned negative in Thursday's retests.

"This is a very intriguing situation for the board".

"All members of the tour party will have been tested prior to travel".

However, they will not be on the charter flight to Manchester on Sunday as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which conducted these tests, want them to undergo a third test. The source said that if Hafeez again tests positive on Saturday he is likely to face disciplinary action from the board as instead of going into isolation after the first test result, he preferred to do get a second test done.

"That is why he took a second test privately as a precautionary measure he had no intention to embarrass the authorities", the source said.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and a trio of Twenty20 fixtures against England.

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"No questions have been raised by England over our testing methods", he said.

Meanwhile, bowling coach Waqar Younis is heading from Australia to England via Dubai on Saturday to join the Pakistan squad there, and will be appearing for Covid-19 test after arriving there.

Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hasnain will now undergo a third round of testing this week before they will be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom and meet up with the rest of their team.

They will be joined on the journey by fast bowler Musa Khan and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir, who have also been tested twice in the past week.

They will then be shifted to Derbyshire's The Incora County Ground on July 13 to boost their preparation with two four-day internal warm-up matches ahead of the opening Test.

Pakistan squad travelling to England: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, 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, Yasir Shah.

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