PCB plans to send senior team, ‘A’ squad together for New Zealand tour


Bureau Report

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to send around 40 to 45 players to New Zealand from late November.
According to a report in the Press Trust of India (PTI), players from Pakistan ‘A’ team will also be part of the enhanced squad as there are four-day games lined up on the tour too.
“Enhanced number of players will be in both squads due to strict COVID-19 regulations and protocols in New Zealand and the players and officials, after reaching there early, have to spend 14 days in quarantine and enter a bio-secure bubble before starting their matches,” the source said.
Pakistan men’s team had to spend around a month in quarantine and in isolation training camps before playing the Test series against England.
The number of players leaving for the tour will affect the quality of the domestic tournaments.
“The problem is that due to the COVID-19 situation if so many top players are sent to New Zealand, the quality of the domestic competitions will be badly hit,” the source added.
Source further added that Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches are scheduled between this tour where top performers will be playing but PCB is keen to send its A team to New Zealand to give exposure to them as they have not competed at the international level for a while now.
It must be noted that the Men in Green is scheduled to play two Tests and three T20Is against New Zealand in December.