Amir likely to join Pakistan squad in England: Report

Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is likely to travel to link-up with Pakistan squad in England for their upcoming series starting August. This latest development comes after fast-bowler Haris Rauf has reportedly tested positive again for COVID-19 in Lahore.

Rauf was supposed to travel to England in June but had to be excluded from the travelling party after he had tested positive for the deadly virus. According to reports, this is the third time he has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Cricket Pakistan, Amir is now set to travel to England, who had initially pulled out of the tour as the dates of the T20Is supposedly clashed with the birth of his second child.

As per the report, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) medical team has asked Amir to be ready for a potential coronavirus test in the upcoming days. He will have to test negative twice before being able to board the plane to England.

Amir, however, won’t be taking part in the Test series as he had called time on his career in the longest format in June 2019 to prolong his limited-overs journey.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in August after the completion of West Indies’ ongoing #raisethebat Test series against England.

The first Test between the two teams will be played in Manchester starting August 5 while the final two Tests are scheduled to be played in Southampton from August 13 and August 21 respectively.

The three T20Is, meanwhile, will be played at a single venue in Manchester on August 28, August 30 and September 1 respectively.