Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday that 10 players have tested positive for COVID-19 during a round of tests before the squad assembling for his or her tour of England.
It was revealed that Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz have contracted coronavirus. Initially, the results of Shadab Khan, Haider Ali and Haris Rauf came out positive after being screened in Rawalpindi over the weekend but now seven more names are added to the list. All of those players are instructed to quarantine reception and can not travel with the squad when it leaves for Manchester on Sunday.
“The recent positive tests of a number of the fittest athletes, who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said during a press statement. “As such, and on behalf of the PCB, I once more request the general public to strictly adhere to all or any safety precautions as advised and recommended by the federal and provincial governments to make sure their health and safety also as of their dear and near ones.”
However, despite the setback, Khan insisted that the tour to England wasn’t under threat, though he confirmed contingency plans were being put together for replacements should more players test positive during later rounds of testing.
Interestingly, cricketer Mohammad Hafeez announced on Tuesday night that he has tested positive however his second test came out negative.