Haider Ali has been included in the Pakistan squad for the England tour

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan selected Kishore Haider Ali in an expanded squad of 29 players for three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals against England.

The series is scheduled for August-September, and in view of the coronavirus epidemic, Pakistan has chosen an expanded squad in case a player becomes ill during the visit.

All players and support personnel will be tested for COVID-19 between June 20-25. Selecting the team positively are selectors Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Musa Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz.

Chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, "The selectors have chosen a team that gives us the best chance of success in England." "It's a challenging process because the players haven't played for a long time, but still, with the month and intensive training that we have in England, we are confident that we will get the players mark."

Misbah said the selectors were focused on red-ball cricket as all three Test matches were part of the ICC World Test Championship.

While Pakistan players have been setting themselves up at home for almost three months, England will be out of the series against the West Indies.

"The series against England will be challenging as our players have not played competitive cricket since March," Misbah said. He said, “This means that as soon as we get on the ground, we have to hit the ground.

19-year-old Haider was recently awarded a central contract in the developing player division when Pakistan's premier first-class tournament - the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - scored an average of 645 runs in just under 50.

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