The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) submitted British visa applications of 27 players for the World Cup 2019 at the UK embassy in Islamabad.
According to the sources, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Hassan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Abid Ali, Muhammad Rizwan submitted the application for a visa.
A source with direct knowledge of the matter also told that Umar Akmal, whose chances in the World Cup are extremely low, also submitted the visa application for England. While wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan is likely to be included in the squad.
Meanwhile, right-handed batsman Abid Ali may be included in the team as a top-order batsman.
The head coach Mickey Arthur earlier today in a press conference said that he will be meeting coaches this afternoon, where he will discuss individual plans for each player and it will be a build for our players for the series in England in their backyard.
Pakistan will tour England in May to play one T20 and five ODIs, which would be their final series before the ICC World Cup 2019.