Pakistan continues its white-ball tour in England. Although the home team has been forced into isolation after 7 positive cases, Pakistani captain Azam is not considering leaving the tour. "No, we didn't think about it, it didn't come to our minds at any time," Azam said ahead of the first ODI, as quoted by cricbuzz "The PCB and ECB have assured us that they will take care of the safety and health of all the squad members.
We must understand that these are unprecedented times of Covid-19." "I want to acknowledge my players who have spent the last 18 months in and out of bio-secure bubbles and we have prepared in that. For now, we are focusing on cricket and tomorrow's game."
Although the England coach was forced to invite some new players, Azam believes that his team should not relax "We know most of them but there were a couple of new faces in the squad and we sat together with the analyst, we worked on them, we have seen footage of their county matches," Azam said.
"They may be new players but they are playing for England so we won't take them lightly. I know a few of them, having played in T20 Blast, and those we don't know we have researched their performances."
Everyone on the team is aware that this is a time of pandemics and that things like this are completely normal. However, it seems that there is a positive atmosphere in the team and that they look positive before the next matches that await them "As a professional, you have to get through these ups and downs.
It's a global problem - we never thought about it. We're giving priority to our cricket." "Not an ideal situation - but we have to understand this is the way for the last 18 months. Really give credit to my team who have been so positive throughout all this.
We've been like this for 18 months and it's difficult, but the players deserve credit for it. "We've been training for the last 10 days in Derby and have played 3-4 inter-squad practice games in that time," Azam said.
"We haven't played ODIs for a while so we had to get into that mode." "But the players are looking in good touch. We have good memories of Cardiff where we beat Sri Lanka and England [in the 2017 Champions Trophy] and we're looking forward to a good result tomorrow as well."