England to host Pakistan in August for Test series
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) advised its Test players on the biosecurity steps that are likely to be implemented to keep them protected from the coronavirus pandemic and ready for action, according to The Guardian.
The players must have their temperatures tested, and they will have to spend several weeks away from their families, according to the article.
These steps are part of England’s ambitious strategy to host the upcoming Test series later this year against West Indies and Pakistan.
Joe Root’s men have been told that as of July 8, a team of up to 30 players can be selected for six Southampton and Manchester Tests.
The players may be asked to meet on June 23 at Southampton and remain together until the Pakistan series comes to an end in August. After initial testing the side will practice in small group before taking part in an inter-squad warm-up fixture against West Indies.
These measures should make it easier for England to rotate their side during the seven-week hectic period.
Before the first Test against Pakistan, scheduled for August 5, players might be asked to return home to meet their families if England’s coronavirus infection rates decrease. However, before arriving their relatives can be asked to spend time in quarantine.
By the end of July, England is keen to take on Ireland in ODIs. However, due to the travel restrictions in place as part of protective precautions against the pandemic, the fixtures are unlikely to take place. The side may need to follow social-distancing laws.