LAHORE: Whereas paceman Mohammad Amir has been inducted into the Pakistan squad for the England tour after paceman Haris Rauf’s newest Covid-19 take a look at got here in optimistic on Sunday, the provision of all-rounder Shoaib Malik for the three Twenty20 Internationals is shrouded doubtful.
Chief selector-cum-head coach Misbah-ul-Haq contacted Amir — from Derby the place Pakistan are presently taking part in a four-day intra-squad match — on Sunday and after getting his consent he requested the PCB to start course of for Amir’s departure to England.
The PCB carried out Covid-19 take a look at of Amir on Monday together with that of masseur Mohammad Imran. And if their preliminary checks are detrimental, they may then seem for a second take a look at on Wednesday. And if the duo clear the checks their departure is feasible later this week.
Amir was not named within the initially introduced 29-member squad as a result of his spouse was anticipated their second youngster in July. After being blessed with one other child woman, Amir has made himself accessible for the tour.
In the meantime, Malik’s departure has been delayed as a result of he couldn’t meet his speedy household in India as a consequence of a earlier air journey ban. The Indian authorities, nevertheless, has determined to elevate the ban from July 31, which means Malik going to England within the second week of August.
However doubts nonetheless linger about his participation since he has to move the necessary 14- day quarantine interval upon touchdown in England.
The primary T20 fixture is on Aug 28 on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Printed in Daybreak, July 21st, 2020