10 players kept out of Pakistan squad for England tour on Coronavirus. The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the Pakistan cricket team will leave without 10 players for their tour of England on Sunday.
Board chief executive Wasim Khan said in a video conference with the media on Saturday that the players and officials conducted two rounds of testing.
“Eighteen players tested negative in the first round of the test, again testing negative as the team management has 11 officials,” Wasim said.
Players Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Hyder Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, and Kashif Bhatti made their first positive performances earlier this week.
Four of these players were tested positive both times – Kashif, Haris, Haider, and Imran, while the remaining six – Hasnain, Shadab, Fakhar, Rizwan, Wahab, and Hafeez tested negative for the second time.
Wasim said that despite being tested negative all around for the second time, six players would not go to England, the total number of players was dropped from the team to 10.
The team’s masseur Malang Ali tested positive twice.
Wasim said that in England, the team would conduct the test once more within the first 24 hours of arrival.
“There has been no question by England on the methods of our testing,” he said.
Wasim said bowling coach Waqar Younis tested in Australia and made a negative diagnosis. Younis will fly to England from there.
He said the players were “left behind” and could rejoin the squad of 18 players after taking two negative tests.
Of the five reserve players, he said that four – Mojo Khan, Rohail Nazir, Bilal Asif, and Mohammad Nawaz – had tested negative and one – Imran Butt had tested positive.
Wasim said that Zafar Gohar will also join the team in England. “He has only been called to practice,” he said.
The PCB later announced the side of the 20 players in a statement, with Azhar Ali to lead the team and Babar Azam being named vice-captain.
Pakistan’s tour of England consists of three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals.
There will be a 14-day separation period on the squad’s arrival before continuing their preparations before the first Test with two internal four-day warm-up matches.
The first Test is expected to take place in Manchester in August but the England and Wales Cricket Board said the back-to-back match schedule would be announced: “at the appointed time”.
With nearly 200,000 declared cases and more than 4,000 deaths, Pakistan is experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases, while cases are falling in the UK.