WORCESTERSHIRE (City News) – Pakistan cricket team conducted practice session at Worcestershire after testing negative for COVID-19 ahead of three Tests against England.
Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, “It is very exciting for all, the way everyone was waiting. Everybody was just itching to come back on the field. The practice session will be fun after over three months. Looking forward.”
Batting coach Younis Khan said, “I am feeling very good after reunion with the team. I wish the team perform well. I have a lot of hopes from our youngsters and our team to deliver in this time of pandemic.”
Opening batsman Shan Masood said, “It is high time that we resume our cricket after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which was held three months ago. Hopefully it will be a good tour for us.”
Earlier on Tuesday, all 20 players and 11 management personnel in the Pakistan touring party tested negative for coronavirus since arriving in Britain, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
The ECB added that England’s latest round of tests, for their training group and management conducted on Monday had also yielded a complete set of negative results. England players and staff have now had three COVID-19 tests.
The ECB’s announcement followed a statement from Pakistan that six more players had been cleared to join the tour after recording two successive negative COVID-19 tests.
Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman are now eligible to travel to England and join the original squad that left on Sunday, the PCB said.