Six of the 10 Pakistani cricketers that were going to England for the Test and T20 matches but couldn’t as they had tested positive for COVID-19 have now tested negative for COVID-19 after they were retested.
The players that came back negative include Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Muhammad Hafeez, and Wahab Riaz but they will be tested one more time and their test came back negative they will be allowed to join the main squad that will be leaving for England on Sunday.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement “These players don’t show any symptoms of coronavirus meaning their chance of regaining complete fitness is higher and better than others. As soon as these come back negative for after a second test through the PCB testing process they will be flown to England and will be joining the squad.”
Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan were rested but came back positive for coronavirus.
Pakistan will be playing three Test matches and three T20 internationals that will be happening behind closed doors between August and September but the exact dates or venue have not been disclosed.
The players that will be joining head coach Misbah-ul-Haq will include Test captain Azhar Ali and limited-overs skipper Babar Azam.
Waqar Younis will be traveling to England from Australia and the Twenty20 specialist Shoaib Malik has been allowed to join late after his meeting in India.
The PCB CEO also said, “With the Test series being playing first in August, Misbah is satisfied with the group of players that will be traveling on Sunday as the main focus will be on getting prepared on the red ball.”
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