Mohammad Amir available to join Pakistan T20 squad in England

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will board a UK-bound flight only after he returns negative in two successive COVID-19 tests.

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir was tested for coronavirus on Monday and his second test will be conducted in two days’ time.   -  Reuters

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir will join the Pakistan team for its tour in England after the birth of his second child, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday.

Amir had pulled out of the tour because the dates clashed with his child’s pending birth. The PCB said the child was born last week.

Amil will replace Haris Rauf, who had undergone six Covid-19 tests the last month, out of which five have returned positive. He was due to fly to the UK on Wednesday, but has now been advised to self-quarantine for another 10 days.

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.

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The PCB also decided to fly out masseur Mohammad Imran on the request of team management.

Both Amir and Imran underwent COVID-19 tests on Monday and will need a second test to be eligible to fly to England. They are expected to make the trip this weekend if both tests come back negative.

Reserve wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir will be released from the squad once Amir joins the team.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three Test matches and three Twenty20s against England. The first test starts on Aug. 5.

All the matches of the tour will be played in a bio-secure environment amid the pandemic.

The first Test of the series will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester from August 5.