Pakistan have decided to send their A team accompanying the national team for the upcoming New Zealand voyage as the official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was spotted exposing. Confirming the tour of the senior teams to New Zealand, the official stated that the team will spend two weeks quarantining for isolating before entering the bio-secure bubble and commencing cricketing activities.
The official stated that New Zealand has agreed to host both teams in November for the series comprising of two tests and three T20Is. He further elaborated as the U19 and A teams are organized reciprocally, PCB is finding it tough to arrange regular exposure for future and junior players after security conditions got worsened in 2009.
Teams were reluctant to send their junior or A teams and demanded hosting a return tour at UAE by PCB after the Sri Lanka bus attack outside Gaddafi stadium.
Pakistan A team to tour New Zealand this month
“A big group of players and officials will travel to New Zealand in November and will have to spend around 14-days in quarantine before they enter a biosecure bubble and start their training before their scheduled matches,” he said.
“The problem was that whenever the PCB approached other boards to host the junior or A teams for bilateral series it was asked to arrange a return tour in the UAE and this was not cost-effective for the board,” the source said.
“That is why our players have not got the required exposure at these levels,” he said.
On the other hand, the Men in Green are already hosting Zimbabwe’s voyage and has winded up two out of three ODIs that will be followed by a three-match T20I series.