Mumbai: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to send a 25-member team to tour England in July. In the ‘Bio-Secure’ tour, both teams will be able to play three Tests and several T20Is, with the series opener to be held in August.
All matches will be played behind closed doors, with no fans allowed.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan made a presentation on Wednesday outlining the provisions to be given to the players by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Khan confirmed that the board was planning to send the team to England, although they would need some government advice and medical guidance before leaving from Pakistan.
The UK government first approved the return of elite sports to the country in June. The English Premier League has resumed player training before a possible return to mainstream action in June.
It is also to be noted that Pakistan will have to reach England a month before the first match of the series. They can then go through a 14-day quarantine period before starting team training.
The PCB is set to send the T20 and Test team together and a total of 25 players will travel keeping in mind the place of injury.
“From a manageability point of view, it makes sense for us and the ECB that the whole squad travel as one, so you create a bubble if you like around those players for the whole of the time that they are in England,” Khan told Reuters.
Manchester and Southampton are expected to host the match as both venues have hotels on-site. The locations will also have test centres and whichever is safe from outside interference.
Khan revealed, “They are planning to build a bio-safe hotel so that there is a kind of atmosphere around the players in some parts of the hotel to keep the players safe and away from the general public.”