All Pakistan players test negative for Covid-19 before T20 World Cup
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Saturday that all players selected for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have tested negative for coronavirus and will begin training.
The Pakistan Cricket Board stated on Saturday that all players selected for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have tested negative for coronavirus and will now begin training.
The PCB said that the players were moved to a bio-secure bubble before undergoing Covid-19 testing at a hotel in Lahore on Friday.
All players tested negative for coronavirus and will now start training at the National High-Performance Centre from tomorrow (Sunday).
Earlier, The PCB announced the player’s training plan and said that the Pakistani squad would practice at the LCCA venue on October 11-12 at 1:30 pm and play “a scenario match” under the lights on October 14.
“It will start at 6 pm. No training activity has been scheduled for October 13,” the PCB said.
The Pakistani team will depart in a chartered flight to UAE on October 15 to participate in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament.
Changes in WC squad
On Friday, the selectors made three changes to Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. The selectors made these changes from the squad announced on September 4, considering players’ current performances and form.
Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain have been replaced by Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali, respectively, while Fakhar Zaman, originally selected as a travel reserve, has replaced Khushdil Shah.
Whereas, the decision regarding Sohaib Maqsood’s inclusion will be made accordingly to the medical advice as the top-order batsman underwent MRI scans for his lower back after the National T20 match against Northern on October 6 and later missed the match against Central Punjab. As per the sources, if he is deemed unfit then Shoaib Malik will replace him in the squad.
The T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14. Pakistan is in Group 2 and will start its campaign against India on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.