Seven more Pakistan cricketers, one staff member test COVID-19 positive


    Seven more Pakistan cricketers, plus one staff member, have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of infections to 11.

    Yesterday, it was announced that three players, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan, had the virus and this morning, the Pakistan Cricket Board noted that Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz also came back positive.

    Team Masseur, Malang Ali, has also been confirmed to have the virus.

    Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari have tested negative.

    Player support personnel who tested negative are: Mansoor Rana (manager), Misbah-ul-Haq (head coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant head coach), Younis Khan (batting coach), Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Talha Butt (team analyst), Yasir Malik (strength and conditioning coach), Dr Sohail Saleem (team doctor), Lt Col (retd) Usman Riffat (security manager) and Raza Kitchlew (media and digital content manager).

    Shoaib Malik, Cliffe Deacon and Waqar Younis are yet to be tested.

    On Monday, Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari had tested negative, while the results of Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan were positive.

    All the infected persons have been instructed to observe strict quarantine at their homes for their and their families’ well-being.

    Those who have tested negative will assemble in a bio-secure environment in Lahore on June 24th and will undergo second round of testing the following day.

    The players and player support personnel, who test negative on June 25th, will depart for Manchester on a chartered flight for the tour of England.

    Within 24 after hours after arriving in the UK, they will be tested by the ECB medical panel and those who test negative will quarantine while training and practicing in a bio-secure facility.

    Those who tested positive in Pakistan will self-isolate at home under the monitoring of the PCB medical panel.

    As soon as they complete their quarantine period, they will undergo further testing and after two negative tests, will be flown to England.

    Upon arrival in the UK, they will be tested again by the ECB medical panel and will be allowed to join the squad after testing negative.

    PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan says, “The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on June 28th. 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.”