Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been granted special permission to hitch Pakistan’s training camp four weeks later than the remainder of the squad. thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, the 38-year old has been faraway from his wife and son for five months. With international travel opening slowly, Malik and his family are likely to spend this point together, possibly in Dubai.
The rest of the squad will reach Manchester on June 29th, while Shoaib is about to hitch on 24th July. After the Pakistan Super League, Shoaib Malik has been in Sialkot, while Sania Mirza and their one-year-old son are in Hyderabad, India.
“Unlike the remainder folks , Shoaib Malik has not seen his immediate family for nearly five months thanks to his commitments and therefore the subsequent international travel bans following the Covid-19 pandemic,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said during a statement. “As travel restrictions are now slowly easing out and there’s a chance for a family reunion, it’s appropriate that at a person’s level we show compassion as a part of our duty of care and respect Shoaib’s request.”
“We have spoken with the britain and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which understands things and has agreed to form an exception by helping Shoaib enter the country on July 24,” Khan said. “Of course, before integrating with the side, Shoaib will follow the united kingdom government’s policies on visitors entering the country.”
Pakistan had already cancelled their training camp scheduled to be held in Lahore thanks to the increase of the amount of cases and logistical issues. Derbyshire are going to be their base within the UK, where they’re going to practise and play intra-squad matches.