Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir is all set to replace Harris Rauf in Pakistan T20 squad against England. Rauf is currently in UK but has withdrawn himself from the team because of the birth of his second child. According to ESPNcricinfo report, Amir has made himself available. However, the pacer will board the UK-bound flight only after he returns in two successive Covid-19 tests.
As per the reports, Mohammad Amir was tested on Monday and his second test will be conducted in two days’ time. If tested negative, he could feature in three T20 internationals giants England, starting August 28 in Manchester.
The report stated that it was chief selector who Misbah-ul-Haq, who wanted Amir to replace Rauf. Rauf tested positive in five out of six Covid-19 tests he underwent last month. His fifth test came out negative but a player needs two consecutive negative results to fly out of Pakistan. The player, though, tested negative in his sixth test.
The Pakistan player, who was scheduled to fly to the UK on Wednesday, is asymptotic and will undergo self-quarantine for 10 days before being tested again. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to send an additional masseur in Mohammad Imran to the UK to manage the workload of the team’s regular masseur, Malang Ali, who had earlier tested positive twice before being cleared to travel.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20s against England during the tour. All matches will be played in a bio-secure environment due to the pandemic. The first Test of the series will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester from August 5.
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