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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that seven more of Pakistani cricketers have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of their England tour. This makes the total count rise up to a total of ten as three players had also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
On Monday, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, and Haris Rauf had tested positive for the coronavirus. The new names on the list of cricketers infected with the virus are; Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Kashif Bhatti, Imran Khan and Mohammad Rizwan. Aside from this, the PCB also confirmed that one member from the players’ support staff – team masseur Malang Ali – had also tested positive for COVID-19. Shoaib Malik, Waqar Younis and Cliffe Deacon have not yet been tested.
Pakistan have announced that a further seven players have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz have all tested positive, in addition to the three cases named earlier. pic.twitter.com/W7CyWemDui
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2020
As per PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, all of the seven players and the member of the support staff, just like the three players who tested positive for the virus on Monday, show no symptoms of the virus i.e. they are asymptomatic cases. Mr. Khan said in a statement;
“The recent positive tests of some of the fittest athletes, who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses. As such, and on behalf of the PCB, I once again request the public to strictly adhere to all safety precautions as advised and recommended by the federal and provincial governments to ensure their health and safety as well as of their dear and near ones.”
The England Tour Will Go As Planned
Talking about what will become of the England tour, CEO Wasim has confirmed that the tour will continue as planned. He said;
“The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June. Fortunately, all the first-choice red-ball squad, barring Mohammad Rizwan, are negative, which means they can start training and practising immediately after they have been tested and given the all-clear when they arrive in England. In the meantime, Misbah-ul-Haq is reviewing the training schedule in England and is firming up plans for reserve players to be tested as a backup. As regards the players, who have tested positive, we will continue to monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests, and as soon as they test negative, they will be flown to join the squad in England. At the moment, they have been advised to go into self-isolation so that they not only recover quickly but also prevent their other family members from being infected.”
With this development, the England tour is in jeopardy as one-third of the Pakistani cricket team has tested positive for the virus. Hopefully, the tour continues as planned as PCB CEO has assured it would.