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
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.