Second group of Pakistan cricketers to leave for England on Friday
Six Pakistan cricketers who had become eligible to join the team in England following consecutive negative coronavirus tests will now depart for Manchester on July 3 by the national carrier.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hasnain are the six players who will be flying via the Pakistan International Airlines.
These players will be transported to Worcester from Manchester and will be allowed to integrate with the side pending a negative test in the ECB-handled testing programme.
The six individuals had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 in the first round of testing held by the PCB, which prevented them from travelling with the first batch of players.
They were able to test negative in the retest just ahead of the departure of the initial squad comprising of 20 players.
Subsequently, these players tested negative for the second time inside three days while undergoing isolation at a five-star hotel in Lahore.
Prior to the successive negative tests, the PCB was forced to call up Musa Khan and Rohail Nazir as reserve players to join the national squad alongside the 18 players who had tested negative twice.
Rohail's inclusion was decided as a backup option for Rizwan but the latter's imminent return to the side suggests he might be preferred over former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed for the wicketkeeper slot.
Meanwhile, four players from the original 29-man squad tested positive twice and will thus have to return two negative results for coronavirus in order to link up with the team. These players are Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan and Kashif Bhatti.