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No pre-series camp for Pakistan players before England tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that due to the operational, logistical and safety challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no pre-tour preparation camp their players ahead of the all-important tour of England. The players and support staffs will directly meet up in Lahore before their departure to the UK, where upon arrival COVID-19 tests will be conducted.

On their previous few tours of England, Pakistan had performed fairly well in Test cricket and the team management always spoke highly about the pre-season camps, which according to them helped the players immensely to get into the grooves quickly. Also, considering the fact that Younis Khan has just been appointed as their new batting coach, a preparation camp would have given him a chance to work with players on an individual basis.

The Pakistan team will land in the UK as a rusty unit and it can be a huge blow to their chances in the three-match Test series.

Meanwhile, the team management is hoping to advance their departure to England in order to squeeze in training sessions in the bio-secure environments promised to them by the ECB.

Dates for the proposed tour are yet to be confirmed with COVID-19 crisis wreaking havoc on the cricketing calendar, but the Pakistan camp hopes to start the series in early August. Along with the Test matches, they are also scheduled to play three-T20 internationals during the course of this tour.

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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