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Another hurdle overcome as the PSL strives to get underway next month

As many as 11 players and officials who were denied permission to board commercial flights headed to Abu Dhabi via Doha will now be routed through Bahrain to the UAE capital later tonight. An official update from the PCB announced the players and staff had boarded, and all formalities had been taken care of. It sees another hurdle overcome as the PSL strives to get underway next month and complete what remains of the tournament postponed in March this year.

Earlier today, the players and staff, including the Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, were not allowed to board commercial flights going from Lahore and Karachi to Abu Dhabi via Doha early morning on Sunday. This was down to these persons not having the required clearances to board the flights, as per restrictions in place on travellers to the UAE amid the pandemic.

Five persons from this PSL contingent were cleared to fly, while the others had to return to their hotels where they have been in quarantine since May 24.

As the PCB prepares to hold the remainder of PSL 2021 in the UAE, a batch of more than 25 individuals from both cities was supposed to travel to the UAE on a chartered plane. But the PCB, in a late decision, instead opted to put them on commercial flights, which nullified the quarantine protocols already in place. ESPNcricinfo could not establish what prompted the sudden change in travel plans.

In all, 202 players, support staff and tournament officials from Pakistan – that is, 57 persons from Karachi and 145 from Lahore – are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament, flown over on a special chartered flight on May 27. ESPNcricinfo has learnt that there remain multiple individuals, including the franchise support staff, who are yet to get UAE visas though.



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Surface for clash between England and India previously used for Gloucestershire T20 fixture

Heather Knight, the England captain, has expressed her disappointment at being given a used pitch to host India in the first women’s Test between the sides for seven years.

Knight revealed on the eve of the match at Bristol’s County Ground that the pitch had been used for Gloucestershire’s T20 Blast fixture against Sussex last Friday and described the situation as “not ideal”.

“We’d much prefer to be on a fresh one but it is what it is,” Knight said. “We found out last week, which obviously we tried to get changed, but it was a little bit too late for that to happen.

“It’s unfortunate, it’s not ideal, we’d much rather be on a fresh one, but we don’t know how it’s going to play yet. It still could play very well. Generally, at Bristol you look at the deck, sometimes it looks not great but actually plays brilliantly. So yeah, look, it’s not ideal but it is what it is and we’re obviously going to have to perform as best we can on the wicket we’re given.”

The provision of a used pitch at Taunton for the 2019 Women’s Ashes Test sparked controversy. On that occasion the same surface had been used during the men’s World Cup nearly six weeks prior. As it turned out, the pitch offered little assistance to anyone and the match ended in a draw allowing Australia to retain the Ashes.



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Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul left out

India’s opening combination for the WTC final against New Zealand has possibly been finalised, with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma the only regular opening batters in the final 15, named on Tuesday evening. Hanuma Vihari, who India have often turned to for batting insurance on overseas tours, has made the cut, but there is no place for Mayank Agarwal or KL Rahul.



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“Test cricket needs to survive, and a WTC format helps where every Test, every series is important”

The absence of a proper warm-up fixture for India in the lead-up to the WTC final is a “bit of a disadvantage”, but the team is happy just being able to play cricket in a pandemic-hit world, according to Cheteshwar Pujara.

“It is (a disadvantage), but this is something we can’t control,” Pujara said in a media interaction on Tuesday. “These are challenging times in the world because of the pandemic, and you can’t have the luxury for extra preparation time. But the most important part is the game is still going on and that we’re playing a final.

“Yes, preparation time is a bit of a disadvantage maybe, but if you’re ready for the challenge, even if circumstances aren’t favourable, you’d do well. We’re confident as a team. Maybe a few extra days of preparation would’ve helped, but we can’t complain. We’re ready.”

Nothing beats match time, and while India haven’t had any, New Zealand have just finished a two-Test series against England – and won it 1-0.

“Test cricket needs to survive, and a WTC format helps where every Test, every series is important. If we win, then many youngsters would want to play the Test format and be part of the final when the next cycle comes around”

Cheteshwar Pujara

India spent two weeks in quarantine in Mumbai before arriving in the UK on June 3. Over the past three days, the team has taken part in match-simulation exercises, apart from their regular fitness sessions in batches. Pujara said that the first few sessions upon arrival in the UK were simply about “getting back into rhythm” to shed the quarantine hangover, but they have since amped up their intensity.

“We’ve utilised the time really well,” he said. “Even during the centre-wicket simulation, we had some practice wickets available. When in the middle, you want to ensure things you’re working on in the nets to come along.

“For bowlers, it was important to get used to the workload again. They would have bowled 14-15 overs in the entire game, which is very important for their workload. For the batsmen, it was about spending time in the middle, having the discipline of leaving balls, playing shots you would in a game. So being in the middle and having match scenario is very important.”

As a one-format player, for Pujara, the WTC final is as big as it gets, like any other global tournament final. “Personally, it means a lot to me,” he said. “This is the first time we are in a WTC final. We have worked hard over a period of time. It’s just like playing in a 50-over or T20 World Cup final.

“Test cricket needs to survive, and a WTC format helps where every Test, every series is important. If we win, then many youngsters would want to play the Test format and be part of the final when the next cycle comes around.”

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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