Mohammad Amir and Haris Sohail withdraw from Pakistan tour of England

Pacer Amir to be with wife for birth of second child

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22 : Mohammad Amir of Pakistan bowls during a training session before the 1st Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir and batsman Haris Sohail have pulled out of the England tour citing personal reasons after the country's cricket board confirmed the national team will travel to play a bilateral series in August and September.

Amir, Pakistan's most successful bowler at the 50-overs World Cup in England last year, has withdrawn so he can be at the birth of his second child in August, while middle-order batsman Haris will miss the tour for family reasons.

Pakistan will bring a 28-man squad plus 14 player support personnel for three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has yet to announce the squad, while the series schedule will be announced in due course.

Plans to hold a bio-secure national training camp in Lahore ahead of the England trip have been scrapped after taking into account the rapid growth of Coivid-19 cases in Pakistan.

England are scheduled to host the first international series since the coronavirus pandemic, when they face West Indies in a three-Test series without fans in attendance starting on July 8 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.


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