Pakistan have confirmed they will tour England for three Tests and three T20 internationals in August and September.
It was widely anticipated Pakistan would make the trip to England later this summer but this is the first time they have confirmed they will travel, with the exact schedule to be announced at a later date.
The Pakistan Cricket Board intends to send 28 players and 14 support personnel, although seamer Mohammad Amir and batsman Haris Sohail will not be among that number after withdrawing for personal reasons.
Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir has pulled out of the upcoming England tour due to personal reasons, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed today.
Many rumors were circulating on Social Media regarding this issue. A lot of people were bashing Mohammad Amir and asking him to retire if he can’t be with the team during such a important tour.
To clean the air, Mohammad Amir took to twitter to reveal the reason behind not travelling to England.
“Thank u exactly my point, I was willing to travel to UK after my child’s birth but because of the quarantine period its not possible.also the entire team for both series have to travel together end of this month so I cannot leave my wife who is at a high risk pregnancy alone here,” Amir tweeted.
Thank u exactly my point, I was willing to travel to UK after my child’s birth but because of the quarantine period its not possible.also the entire team for both series have to travel together end of this month so I cannot leave my wife who is at a high risk pregnancy alone here https://t.co/tM3jAD2Nx1
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 11, 2020
Female Sports Journalist Zainab Abbas also comes in support of Mohammad Amir and lauded his decision to stay with his wife when she is expecting a child.
Every decision does not need to be looked at as if it’s a conspiracy. I’m sure,if there was a solution it would have been looked at,but now due to COVID and quarantine rules it only makes sense to withdraw earlier on.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 11, 2020
Mohammad Amir is not the only player to pulled out of England Tour, Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail has also pulled out of the upcoming England tour due to personal reasons.
It must be noted that, taking into account the Covid-19 outlook in Pakistan in the coming weeks, the operational and logistical matters as well the observation that keeping players in a safe and secure environment remain a challenge which is why the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had decided not to hold a training camp of the national men’s team prior to their departure for England.
Pakistan team is likely to leave for England towards the end of this month. The team will go through mandatory Covid-19 test, upon arrival in England, and will stay in quarantine for a period of two weeks.
However, the PCB would seek medical advice and government guidance before going on the tour.