PCB turns down player’s request to allow family members on tour: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) turned down players’ request to allow their family members to stay on with them till the conclusion of the third Test. The board had already made it clear at the start of the tour that wives and children will be allowed to accompany the players only until the second Test in Manchester.

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A number of players including Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Muhammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah and Asad Shafiq have taken their wives and children on tour. The players argue that spending too much time away from their families affects their cricket considering there are no international matches in Pakistan.

“They asked Intikhab to get approval from the board that they could have their families stay with them until the third Test although the agreement was that the families would return home after the second test,” one source told PTI.

He said that the players had also asked the board to bear expenses for the boarding-lodging and travelling of their families after the first Test.

“But the PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan who is in England at the moment after consulting his aides has turned down this demand from the players,” the source added.

“The board’s point of view is that given the importance of the tour the players needed to focus on their cricket and could only have their families for the first two Tests,” he stated.