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ICC CWC 2019: Pak players can stay with families, but after India match

PCB had earlier allowed Asif Ali and Haris Sohail to live with their families owing to special circumstances that the two players were undergoing

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Bristol: Pakistan's Babar Azam, right, bats as Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad watches during the Cricket World Cup Warm up match at The Bristol County Ground in Bristol, England Friday May 24, 2019 AP/PTI Photo(
Bristol: Pakistan's Babar Azam, right, bats as Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad watches during the Cricket World Cup Warm up match at The Bristol County Ground in Bristol, England Friday May 24, 2019 AP/PTI Photo(

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally allowed its players to have their families with them during the in England but only after the match against arch-rivals India on June 16.

had allowed the families to stay with the players during the recent five-match ODI series against England but turned down a similar request for the by skipper last month.

According to a official, Pakistani players wanted their wives and children to be allowed to stay with them after the June 12 match against Australia.

"The board decided to review its earlier decision not to allow players to have their families with them in the taking into view the trend followed by other teams," the official told PTI.

The members of the national team were said to be unhappy with the board's decision not to allow them to have their wives and children with them in the tournament and had made several requests to the board in this regard.

had earlier granted permission to only two players -- and Asif Ali -- to have their wives and children with them on special grounds.

Asif had requested the board after his infant daughter passed away in the USA earlier this week following a battle with cancer.

Asif, who will join the team in London Saturday, has been allowed to have his wife with him because of the special circumstances.

"Similarly Haris was also given special permission because of a problem in his family," the official said.

The Board has generally discouraged players from having their families with them on foreign tours as they believe players should not be distracted while representing the country as professionals.

First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 17:30 IST