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Pakistan’s cricketers arrive in England for series amid COVID-19 pandemic

On Sunday, a contingent of 31 Pakistanis, including 20 players, reached England as 6 out of their 10 coronavirus-infected cricketers were held back despite returning negative when tested for the second time.The Pakistan cricket players and 11 support staff members arrived on a chartered flight from Lahore and they will be transported to Worcestershire. They were seen maintaining social distancing, came out one by one and wearing masks.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made preparations for their testing before they started the isolation for 14 days, during which they would be able to practice. The side will move to Derbyshire on July 13 to prepare for their August-September 3-Test and 3 T20 international series against the home side. 

In the second tests, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz tested negative but they would only be sent to England after two of their subsequent tests returned negative.

Next week, the six players will go through a third round of tests at some stage. Cricketers who tested positive again are Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Kashif Bhatti and Imran Khan and masseur Malang Ali. Musa Khan, the fast bowler and wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir, who were among the reserve players reached England along with the team.

Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice captain), Faheem Ashraf, Asad Shafiq, Abid Ali, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Musa Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan are the cricketers who reached here on Sunday.

The left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar who participated in a 2015 ODI , will join the team from England and will only engage in pre-match preparations.