Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has joined the Pakistan squad here after clearing two consecutive COVID-19 tests following his arrival in the United Kingdom.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday confirmed that Amir has integrated with rest of the squad after serving his mandatory quarantine period, during which he tested negative twice.
“Amir left for England from Lahore on 24 July and, as per the UK government’s guidelines, was in isolation for a period of five days during which he was tested twice,” the PCB said in a statement on its website.
Amir, who quit playing Test cricket, will feature in the three-match T20 series against England to be played in a bio-secure environment at the Old Trafford, Manchester starting August 28.
Pakistan’s tour of England starts with three Test matches starting August 5 at Manchester.
Besides, the PCB also informed that fast bowler Harris Rauf, who had earlier tested positive, is now clear of the virus and is expected to join the rest of the Pakistan squad in England soon.
“Fast bowler Haris Rauf has cleared his second COVID-19 test and is eligible to join the squad in England. As per the protocols he was tested twice Monday and Wednesday,” the cricket board said.
“He is expected to travel over the weekend. Details of his travel plan will be shared in due course.”
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the UAE, Brijesh Patel, the IPL Governing Council chairman, confirmed on Tuesday (July 21).
IPL, which was scheduled to begin in March 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looked at alternatives in order to host the tournament later in the year in India. Boards from different countries like Sri Lanka and UAE offered to host it.
This would be the second time for the IPL in the UAE, after the first few games of the tournament were staged in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2014 because of the general elections in India.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – The BCCI has reportedly penciled in the window between September 26 and November 7 for the IPL, which comprises 60 matches. An official update on the schedule will be known later.
VENUES – The matches will likely be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah once again.
MATCH TIMINGS (TENTATIVE) – 7 pm IST (5:30 pm UAE time). For double-headers, the day is likely to start at 3 pm IST (1:30 PM UAE time).
Mumbai Indians are the defending IPL champions. They have won the title four times. Chennai Super Kings, led by the iconic MS Dhoni, are three-time winners.