By Sohail Ali

LAHORE, June 8 (APP):-:Pakistan Cricket Board is mulling different options for organizing

national cricket team’s training camp for the tour of England.

“There are few options ahead of us which we are considering to

prepare the team for the tour and soon we will take a decision in

this regard“, said the sources in PCB while talking to APP here

on Monday.

Pakistan team is scheduled to visit England in August to play three

test match and similar number of T20 games. According to the tour

programme Pakistan team is likely to fly to England in a special

chartered flight in early July to compete the process of undergoing

quarantine and to gear up at a training camp before starting the tour.

The sources said having a comprehensive training camp at home

is a big challenge as keeping players at one place can be harmful

in the ongoing scenario of rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

On the other hand, the Government permission is also needed to

organise a training camp under one roof as it  (Government) has

imposed a ban on all sports activities and events.

“We are in process of finalizing SOPs and a strict guide line for most

likely starting the camp in the end of June and even players families

or visitors will not be allowed to interact with them”, said the sources

adding “Another option which is under consideration is to have camp

in different groups at two venues “.

“If we fail to conduct a training camp at home then we will definitely be

having a short duration training camp in England “, they asserted.

In the prevailing circumstances, the chances of having a short duration

camp at home are quite bright and team’s head coach is discussing

the matter with fellow team coaches and newly appointed head of players

development, former test cricketer, Saqlain Mushtaq.

“Team’s head coach is of the view to have a training camp, no matter

of short duration at home before team embarks upon the tour of England”,

they said adding“ But the rapid  increase in corona virus cases is making

things difficult for holding the camp “.

The players knowing the current situation owing of growing increase

in COVID-19 cases, are more focused on their individual training at home,

taking England’s tour a tough challenge.

PCB and English Cricket Boards authorities are in constant tough on finalizing

the details of the tour and a tele-conference between the two boards officials

is expected to take place soon.