Jun 23, 2020

7 more Pakistan players tested for Covid-19 (Update)

Seven more Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday. 

The PCB, in its press release, said that seven players Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz tested positive on Tuesday, taking the infected players' count to 10 in total. Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Shadab Khan had tested positive on Monday.

"Following the announcement yesterday that three players had tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed that a further seven players and a player support personnel from a total of 35 have tested positive for Covid-19," the PCB said in its media release.

The PCB stated that a total of 35 players and support staff members were tested for the virus ahead of their England tour of which 10 players and one support staff personnel have tested positive.

Pakistan are due to leave for the England tour on June 28 to play three Tests and as many T20Is and the PCB CEO said the tour is "very much on track" despite several of its players testing positive for the virus.

"It is not a great situation to be in and what it shows is these are 10 fit and young athletes...if it can happen to players it can happen to anyone," PCB CEO, Wasim Khan told a media conference.

"It is a matter of concern but we shouldn't panic at this time as we have time on our hands," he added.

"The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June," said the PCB CEO.

"As mentioned on Monday, senior cricketer Shoiab Malik, bowling coach Waqar Younis and physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon are yet to be tested."

The PCB also confirmed that none of the players who have tested positive showed any symptoms prior to their COVID-19 testing.

----(Last Update : Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:40 )

Shadab, Haris and Haider test positive for COVID-19

Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the tour of England, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Monday. The players are asymptomatic and were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

The PCB is now waiting for the results of other players who have been tested in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. "The PCB medical panel is in contact with the three who have been advised to immediately go into self-isolation," the PCB said in the release. "Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari, also screened in Rawalpindi, have tested negative and, as such, will travel to Lahore on June 24."

Haider, who was part of the Pakistan squad at the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, has received his maiden call-up to the national side as PCB named a 29-member squad for three Tests and three T20Is. He has played seven first-class games and has 645 runs at an average close to 50.

Rauf, who had an impressive stint at the Big Bash League, has played two T20Is while Shadab is the most experienced of the trio having played 88 internationals so far.

Pakistan will play the first Test at Lord's before travelling to Manchester and Nottingham for the next two Tests. The three T20Is will be played in Leeds, Cardiff and Southampton.


(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by cricbuzz.com has not been edited by SLM staff)