Pakistani left arm quick Mohammad Amir and left handed batsman Haris Sohail have decided to pull out of contention for Pakistan’s upcoming tour to England, which is scheduled to begin in August.
Pakistan are scheduled to play 3 Test matches and T20Is each after the conclusion of West Indies’ tour. The matches will be held in identical conditions to the West Indies’, behind closed doors in a bio secure environment.
Pakistan are all set to send a 28-member squad for the T20I and the Test series.
The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a statement which read, “Amir has withdrawn so that he can be at the birth of his second child in August, while Haris will miss the tour because of family reasons. Pakistan will send 28 players and 14 player support personnel for three Tests and three T20Is to be played in August and September. The squad as well as pre-series and series schedule will be announced in due course.”
Mohammad Amir was also left out of the list of players who got central contracts from the PCB for the 2020-21 season. The left armer was expected to be part of the T20I squad while Sohail was set to be part of both the T20I and the Test squad.
Amir Tweeted the following to justify his reason to pull out of the tour:
Thank u exactly my point, I was willing to travel to UK after my child's birth but because of the quarantine period its not possible.also the entire team for both series have to travel together end of this month so I cannot leave my wife who is at a high risk pregnancy alone here https://t.co/tM3jAD2Nx1
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 11, 2020
Pakistan, earlier this month, decided against holding a training camp for its contracted players, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The PCB further stated, “Taking into account the COVID-19 outlook in Pakistan in the coming weeks, the operational and logistical matters as well the observation that keeping players in a safe and secure environment would remain a challenge, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided not to hold a training camp of the national men”s team prior to their departure for England.”