Pakistan squad arrive in England ahead of Test and T20I tour

Tanya Simon
June 29, 2020

A depleted Pakistan squad left for the tour of England on Sunday to play three Tests and as many T20Is after half the players and some members of the support staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

But, fortunately, six of those players have since returned negative tests with Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan missing out on the tour due to second positive tests.

"Following advice from leading sports science experts and as per the United Kingdom government regulations, players who have tested positive during the PCB testing process will be unable to travel on Sunday", the press release stated.

But the very next day the former Pakistani captain posted a tweet with a report from a private medical facility where the result showed that he has tested negative. Pakistan fast bowler Musa Khan and under-19 captain Rohail Nazir were among five reserve players and both tested negative.

This announcement from the European Central Bank comes even though as many as ten Pakistan players tested positive for COVID-19. The source said that if Hafeez again tests positive on Saturday he is likely to face disciplinary action from the board as instead of going into isolation after the first test result, he preferred to do get a second test done.

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan are the other players who were negative, according to results of the second round of tests conducted by the PCB.

The Pakistan cricket team arrived in the United Kingdom on Sunday evening inside a bio-secure bubble in preparation of their upcoming Test and T20I series against England.

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The first Test is expected to be played in August in Manchester in August but the England and Wales Cricket Board said the behind-closed-doors match schedule would be announced in "due course".

The Pakistan Cricket Board said the team will be departing for Manchester.

"We were given protocols by the European Central Bank which we have followed".

"I would request the PCB to properly look after these players because if you don't, incidents like Hafeez getting himself tested privately will happen", Inzamam said.

Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, and Yasir Shah.

Pakistan is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with almost 200,000 declared cases and more than 4,000 deaths.

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