Pakistan cricket players to travel to Manchester

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

On Saturday, Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, announced that six of those ten players returned negative results when they were tested for the second time.

Those players did not board the plane on Sunday, though, as having tested positive initially they must now receive two negative tests in order to travel - their third tests will take place some time next week.

The Pakistan cricket team arrived in the United Kingdom on Sunday evening inside a bio-secure bubble in preparation of their upcoming Test and T20I series against England.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a statement to reveal the list of names who will be on the chartered flight to Manchester, as well as an update on the situations of those who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. "Now, the tests are done, my advice to Hafeez was to go for the re-test, but he should not have posted the result of his second Test on Twitter, he should have confronted the PCB, you should not get on bad terms with the board. Those who are testing positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday", it added.

"No questions have been raised by England over our testing methods", he said. Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz will now have to pass another test next week before they could join the team in England.

The Pakistan Cricket Board expressed concern on Friday over the positive results from 10 of the 29 cricketers chosen for the tour.

Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Mohammad Nawaz - who were named as reserves earlier in the week - don't find a spot in the touring party. Both have been included in the first batch of travellers.

Waseem said that bowling coach Waqar Younis underwent testing in Australia and has been diagnosed negative.

Pakistan will now quarantine and train at Worcestershire's Blackfinch New Road for 14 days, before a planned move to Derbyshire's Incora County Ground on July 13 to begin internal warm-up matches.

First batch of players leaving for England: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), 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 and Yasir Shah.

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