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National Cricket team leaves for UK tour

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan cricket team left for England on Saturday.

Team has left for a lengthy series comprising four Tests, five ODIs and a T20.

Pakistani players will participate in a training camp this month as to get familiar with the English conditions before their first warm up game against Somerset at Taunton on July 3.

Misbah ul Haq will be leading the national test team in the Test series while Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed will captain the teams in ODIs and T20, respectively.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, the board has barred the players from giving interviews and has asked them to have limited interaction with the English media unless permitted by the manager.

However, the players have been allowed to take their families on tour till the start of the series.

This will be the first assignment for new head coach Mickey Arthur, while it will see the return of Muhammad Amir in England after the infamous spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

The official said that Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq is also likely to tour England in the series to monitor players’ performances closely.