The Pakistan cricketers are all set to remain under a bio-secure environment for three months in Lahore from June till the end of their tour to England in August.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, as many as 25 players will stay at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and will resume training in a safe environment as they look to get back to cricketing activities following the coronavirus pandemic.
The CEO of the PCB, Wasim Khan, announced on Wednesday that the cricketers will not be forced to join the NCA and will have the option of opting out and returning to the safety of their houses if they are unsatisfied with the training facilities that have been provided.
“It seems the Pakistan cricket team will have to remain under a strict bio-secure environment for up to three months,” Khan said in an official PCB statement.
“Players will be given an option to withdraw if they are still not satisfied with the provisions that will be put in place,” he added.
It was revealed that Pakistan had agreed to tour England in the summer as it was “extremely important to resume cricket” but the PCB will not compromise on the health and the safety of its players.
We had a detailed and comprehensive discussion with the ECB and after that briefing, the PCB has agreed on principle to send the Pakistan cricket team to England in July for three Tests and three T20I series,” Khan was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
“These are very tough and extraordinary times to decide about Pakistan team’s tour to England. But we are satisfied with the briefing of the ECB.
“There’s still a lot to be done in terms of planning and execution of this series and tour.”