Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said on Sunday he believes touring England last year under coronavirus lockdown restrictions helped turn his squad into “a family”.
Pakistan followed the West Indies in agreeing to tour England at the height of the pandemic as international cricket returned from its Covid-19 enforced suspension.
Both touring sides found themselves in a ‘bio-secure regime that restricted them to living and training on-site at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford.
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And while conditions have eased now that Pakistan is back in England for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s starting at Durham on Tuesday, Misbah has fond memories of last year’s tour.
“As a head coach I would prefer to be in lockdown!,” he told reporters.
“To stay together like that helps the team. Get connected, do whatever you do, in the game…