ICC World Cup 2019: PCB disallows WAGs of Pakistan players to travel during the tournament
"A player wants to relax and unwind after a hard day,"- Sarfaraz.
Published - Apr 20, 2019 5:39 pm | Updated - Apr 20, 2019 5:39 pm
Pakistan aren’t considered as one of the favourites to win the ICC World Cup 2019, scheduled to get underway on Thursday, May 30 in England and Wales. The team, captained by Sarfaraz Ahmed, is set to play their opening match of the tournament against the Windies on Friday, May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also preparing for the extravaganza.
In the meantime, it has been learned that the country’s cricket board won’t be allowing the WAGs and families of the players to travel with their partners. Sarfaraz, the Pakistan captain, asked the PCB to allow the WAGs, but yesterday, his request was turned down.
“Yes there was a suggestion from the captain and players that they should be allowed to have their wives and children with them in England during the World Cup but the board has not allowed this. “This decision has been taken by the team management,” a PCB official was quoted as saying in Sportstar.
This helps you relax mentally for the next day as well
“The World Cup and our tour of England is a long one. I believe that even cricketing wise it helps a player relax if his family is with him. When a player returns to his room after a day’s tensions and pressure it helps to have your family. A player wants to relax and unwind after a hard day,” Sarfaraz mentioned while commenting on the matter.
“In Pakistan, we can go out with our friends and relatives to relax but we can’t get that atmosphere abroad. So, I think if you have your wife and children you can focus on them and spend time with them and this helps you relax mentally for the next day as well,” he added.
A couple of days ago, Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the mega event was announced by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Prior to the World Cup, the Men in Green are scheduled to play England in a few limited-overs fixtures. In their previous international assignment, Pakistan got whitewashed 5-0 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the visiting Australia team.