First batch of Pak cricketers arrives in Worcestershire, goes in 14-day isolation


LAHORE: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, and Wahab Riaz have been tested negative for coronavirus for the second time in three days, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday.
The cricketers are now eligible to join the Pakistan men’s national cricket team in Worcestershire for the England series.

Both England and Pakistan are slated to play three Tests and three T20Is in a bio-secure bubble and the dates for the tour will be announced in due course. “The players were retested on Monday, 29 June, following a first negative test on 26 June. The PCB will now start making their travel arrangements and the departure details will be shared in due course,” the PCB said in an official statement.
The PCB had initially planned to send a squad of 29 players to England, but ten players tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
On Saturday, Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, announced that six of those ten players returned negative results when they were tested for the second time. So, as a result, 20 players and 11 members of the support staff travelled to England on June 28.

Pakistani cricketers Babar Azam (R), Imad Wasim (L) and Imam-ul-Haq (C) wearing facemasks

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz also tested negative for the second time in three days and will join rest of the team in Worcestershire.

Four other players — Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan — tested positive for the second time earlier this week.

The first batch of Pakistan players underwent Covid-19 testing on their arrival in Manchester on Sunday before moving to Worcestershire for a 14-day isolation period.

Pakistan had last played Test cricket in February this year against Bangladesh. They were scheduled to play the second Test later in April, but the match was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.