The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday that seven more players of the Pakistan Cricket Team who were going to England in August tested positive for coronavirus. This makes 10 players that are affected by the coronavirus.
Despite the infection, the PCB said that the England tour is still on track and the team will leave for the series as planned.
The players affected from the virus include Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti.
They got affected after three other teammates tested positive the other three teammates include Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Haider Ali.
Pakistan will be playing three Test Matches and three Twenty20 internationals against England starting August.
After three players tested positive for coronavirus, they did 35 tests in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
According to a press release “The PCB medical panel is already in contact with the players and their masseur, and instructed them to follow a strict quarantine at their homes for their and their family’s wellbeing.”
Talking on the result, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said that “The recent positive tests of some of the fittest athletes who had not shown any symptoms reflect the danger this virus possesses.”
He requested the public to strictly follow all precaution advised by the government to control the spread of the virus.
He added “As regards the players who have tested positive, we will continue to monitor and support them including conducting antibody tests as soon as they test negative, they will be flown to join the squad in England. Currently, they have been advised to self-isolate that they not only recover quickly but also prevent their other family members from being affected.”
He added “The England tour is very much on track and the team will depart as per schedule on 28 June. Fortunately, all the first-choice red-ball squad including Muhammad Rizwan are negative which mean they can start training and practising immediately after have been and given all clear when they arrive in England.”
In the meantime, Misbah-ul-Haq is examining the training schedule in England and is forming up plans for reserve player to be tested as a backup.
Steps for players who tested negative
According to the PCB, the following procedure will be followed in the following days:
The players and support staff who are negative will be kept in a biosecure environment in Lahore on 24 June and will undergo a second round of testing a day later.
The squad members that test negative will depart for Manchester in a chartered flight. They will be retested by ECB medical panel within 24 hours of their arrival in the UK.
The players who test negative after arriving in the UK will be in quarantine as par the UK government’s regulations but will be allowed to train and practice in a biosecure facility.
The players and support person who test positive in pre-departure testing will observe self-isolation in their home and remain under strict monitoring by the PCB medical panel.
After completing the minimum quarantine period, they will go through further testing after testing negative twice they will be flown to England on a commercial airline.
Upon arrival in the UK, these players will be tested again by the ECB medical panel and will be allowed to join with the Pakistan men’s national squad after testing negative.
According to the series standard operating procedures, the Pakistan team will undergo at least five tests leading up to the first test.
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