Pakistan cricketers were seen training at a local ground in Lahore
Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam was involved in violating novel coronavirus (Covid-19) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), after he was seen training at the Abdul Qadir Cricket Academy with other cricketers from the national side.
According to details, opening batsman Imamul Haq and pacer Naseem Shah were also seen alongside Azam. Players, allegedly, did not observe proper health and safety measures while training.
Taking into account the Covid-19 outlook in Pakistan in the coming weeks, the operational and logistical matters as well the observation that keeping players in a safe and secure environment would remain a challenge, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to hold a training camp of the national men’s team prior to their departure for England.
The PCB is already in discussions with the ECB to bring forward their early July departure date for England so the Pakistan squad can benefit from the additional practice time there.
The PCB, meanwhile, has reminded the players to not to practice at cricket grounds during this period and that they must observe and adhere to strict social distancing protocols. These instructions have been issued as their personal wellbeing and that of their families remains paramount.
Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq & Nasim Shah violated Corona SOPs & @ICC , @TheRealPCB directions. All 3 spotted while practicing in local club. Team is set to visit England in July. Height of irresponsibility.#COVID__19 #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak pic.twitter.com/CQZK97RLUI— Makhdoom Abu-bakar Bilal (@makhdoomab) June 9, 2020
The PCB faced an uphill challenge of providing a ‘bio-secure’ environment at the NCA in Lahore for the training camps. The facility does not have the ability to facilitate 30 cricketers while simultaneously ensuring they are kept apart.