Pakistan’s men cricket team was dealt a major blow before the England tour, as 7 more players test positive for COVID-19
Pakistan vs England 2020: 7 more of the 29 England bound Pakistan men’s cricket team players have tested positive for COVID-19. With 3 players testing positive on Sunday, now 10 Pakistani players selected for the tour of England will be in serious doubt to participate in the upcoming test and T20 series.
PCB’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan announced on Tuesday via a video conference, that Muhammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Rizwan, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, and Muhammad Hasnain are the latest to contract COVID-19.
More than one-third of their preferred players have contracted the deadly virus. This will have a huge impact on their chances of success in Pakistan vs England 2020 that begins on July 30. The team is scheduled to depart on June 28, where they will go into quarantine for 15 days.
Not only has the players, even support personnel – the masseur of the team also tested positive for COVID-19. Waqar Younis, Shoaib Malik, and Cliffe Deacon are the only ones left to be tested at this time.
Pakistan have announced that a further seven players have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz have all tested positive, in addition to the three cases named earlier. pic.twitter.com/W7CyWemDui
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2020
PCB CEO said, that athletes testing positive, “clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses”, and took this opportunity to appeal to the public to adopt all the safety and precautionary measures.
“As regards the players, who have tested positive, we will continue to monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests, and as soon as they test negative, they will be flown to join the squad in England.”
The medical panel of PCB has advised the infected players to go into self-isolation not only to recover quickly but also to ensure that their family members stay safe from the deadly coronavirus.
“The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June. Fortunately, all the first-choice red-ball squad, barring Mohammad Rizwan, are negative, which means they can start training and practicing immediately after they have been tested and given the all-clear when they arrive in England.
“In the meantime, Misbah-ul-Haq is reviewing the training schedule in England and is firming up plans for reserve players to be tested as a backup.”
There will be another round of testing in Lahore on June 25, and only negative testing players will be permitted to depart for Manchester on a chartered flight. Upon arrival in England, they will undergo another round of testing, this time conducted by the ECB medical panel.
Players will follow all the guidelines issued by the UK government for a mandatory quarantine period, and will only be allowed to practice and train in a bio-secure facility.
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