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Cricket: Pakistan chief optimistic about England tour

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LONDON: Pakistan are "probably a week away" from getting a training squad together for their tour of England, the country's top cricket administrator said on Thursday (May 21).

The coronavirus has delayed the start of the English season until at least July, but the England and Wales Cricket Board is hoping to stage a full international campaign to avoid a possible loss of £380 million (US$465 million).

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West Indies are due to arrive for a three-Test tour in July, originally planned for June.

Pakistan are also scheduled to play three Tests behind closed doors, with Australia and Ireland due to visit for limited-overs internationals.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan stressed nothing would be done that put his players' health at risk, but said preparations were being put in place for the tour.

"The players trust that we are going to do what is right by them," Khan told Sky Sports.

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"We are not going to jeopardise their health. We all want cricket to be played but not at all costs.

"We will have an extended squad. We are looking at bringing about 25 players. We are planning to get them together to train for the tour. We're probably about a week away from that."

The UK government's current guidance means any arrivals from overseas must remain in quarantine for 14 days.

But that could also double as a training period if Pakistan can be based at a cricket ground.

"The ECB have said they are going to come back to us on that once they have gained clarity on what we can do during that time,&quoRead More – Source