Pakistan can target England's 'fragile' top order, says Azhar Ali

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Pakistan to arrive in England on Sunday, then quarantine

England will host Pakistan for the Test and T20I series in a specially arranged bio-secure environment to withstand the COVID-19 effect. "Now, the tests are done, my advice to Hafeez was to go for the re-test, but he should not have posted the result of his second Test on Twitter, he should have confronted the PCB, you should not get on bad terms with the board".

"I want to reassure the players and the official left behind that the PCB will provide them best support and look after them during the quarantine period", Wasim Khan said.

"This is a very intriguing situation for the board. The players who have tested positive would have thought that PCB is not supporting them at this hard time", he added.

"Misbah understands that flexibility and adaptability will be needed with his training and practice schedule while operating under various guideline", Wasim Khan said. "They will undergo third round of testing at some stage next week and if their tests remain negative, then the PCB will make arrangements to send them to England".

Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Kashif Bhatti and Imran Khan, along with masseur Malang Ali, all tested positive again, however.

"That is why he took a second test privately as a precautionary measure he had no intention to embarrass the authorities", the source said.

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So, as a result, 20 players and 11 members of the support staff will be travelling to England first. Following the Covid positive test results, the board called upon fast bowler Musa Khan and Pakistan U-19 captain and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir. The rest of the players will join the squad later after returning two negative tests.

Physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon and bowling coach Waqar Younis will join the side directly from South Africa and Australia, respectively, while all-rounder Shoaib Malik is expected to travel around July 24 after spending time with his family having not seen them for five months.

Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hasnain will now undergo a third round of testing this week before they will be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom and meet up with the rest of their team.

Squad flying off on Sunday includes Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (T20 captain), Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Imad Wasim, and Yasir Shah.

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