The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed that Mohammad Amir had joined the men in Derbyshire after completing both of his COVID-19 tests.
Amir had gone to England from Lahore on 24 July and, according to British government guidelines, was in isolation for five days where he was tested twice.
The board has also confirmed that fast bowler Haris Rauf completed his second Covid-19 test and is now eligible to join the squad in England. As per the protocol he was tested twice – Monday and Wednesday. Rauf was previously tested positive for Coronavirus five times. And now finally he was declared negative.
“He (Rauf) is now expected to travel over the weekend,” PCB said in an official release.
Pakistan squad for Test series against England: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Aazam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) ), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.
In September 2019, Riaz took an unlimited time interval from red ball cricket to focus on the shortest game format. Now, he has returned to the Pakistan Test team.
Meanwhile, the remaining nine players – Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, and Musa Khan – will continue to train with the squad for the T20I series, which will be played after Test series.
Pakistan and England are scheduled to play three Tests and three T20I against each other.
The first test of this series will be played starting August 5 in Manchester.
The three-match Test Series will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC).