The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that seven more Pakistan players have returned positive tests for Covid-19, taking the total count to ten ahead of their England tour. On Monday, Shadab Khan, Hyder Ali, and Haris Rauf tested positive.
The new names on the list are Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, and Imran Khan. In addition, the PCB announced that a member of the Pakistan players support personnel had tested positive for the virus. According to PCB CEO Wasim Khan, all seven Pakistan players who tested positive are – like the three who returned positive tests yesterday – asymptomatic. Shoaib Malik, Waqar Younis, and Cliff Deacon have not been tested yet.
This means that more than a third of the 29-man squad PCB announced for the three-test, three-T20I tour of England is currently positive for Covid-19 and self-segregation for 14 days. Will happen. PCB CEO Wasim Khan announced plans for the team to travel to England on June 28, which remained unchanged. Pakistan has named four reserves named for the tour of England – Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Moosa Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz for trial.
Wasim Khan said, “The tour of England is very much on track and the event will be as scheduled on June 28.” “Fortunately, all first-choice red-ball squads, except Mohammed Rizwan, are negative, meaning they can begin training and practice immediately after being tested after arriving in England.
Those who have tested positive, We will continue to monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests, and will be blown away to join the squad in England as soon as they test negative. At the moment, they have been advised. Self-isolation because They not only recover quickly but also prevent other members of their family from getting infected. ”
The PCB announced that all players who tested negative would assemble in a bio-safe environment in Lahore on 24 June, and would undergo a second round of testing the following day. All those who tested negative in that second round of tests will leave for Manchester on 28 June in a chartered flight and will be tested when they arrive in England.
Then they have to quarantine the country for a period of 14 days as per government regulations but during this time they will be allowed to train in a bio-safe facility. Those who have tested positive will self-isolate at home for two weeks and will depart for England after returning only two negative Covid-19 tests.
In the absence of clear, enforceable guidelines, it was clear that many players were not as careful as they might be. Many were also observed using nets while being advised against the practice, and on more than one occasion, many of them were collected and socialized in an unsafe environment.
“They have not played cricket for four months; they are young cricketers and sometimes a little enthusiastic. You look around society, and there is no social difference that has been followed. We just give them directions. Can. Now it is not so. Time for them to come down.
Covid-19 and cricket will have to live together for at least the next 12 to 18 months. It is not going to disappear. It is here to stay. So at this time, all we can do is keep guiding them and make sure that they are being given to them as a policy. If we come to know that these players are not obeying and are giving a positive test again, they are not going to go to England. ‘
The ECB is believed to reflect the impact of the news by teaming up with their medical team but is confident that implementing the measures will lead to seizures. Specifically, they state that these tests have been conducted approximately 6 weeks before the first test.
Today’s results may have implications for selection for Pakistan Players, with first-choice wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan testing positive. This increases the selection prospects of former captain and Karachi native Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was removed from the captaincy last year and all three formats.
None of Karachi’s players tested positive, especially notable since the friction between the central government and the provincial government of Sindh – whose capital is Karachi – prompted the province to impose stricter sanctions than the rest of the country.
Wasim Khan said, “Recent positive tests from some qualified athletes who did not show any symptoms clearly indicate the risk of this virus.” “In this way, and on behalf of the PCB, I once again request the public to strictly abide by all the safety precautions by the federal and provincial governments to ensure their health and safety, as well as those of their dear and near ones Follow. ”
Today’s events highlight the challenges of conducting an international tour at these times, with this being the first time the epidemic has not affected Pakistan’s preparedness to visit England. A fortnight ago, the PCB planned to host a training camp in Pakistan before the tour, which led to the rapid development of affairs in the country and making it impossible to obtain a bio-safe environment. For the purpose of furthering the team’s departure in England, to organize a camp there, where the virus has crossed its climax.
Pakistan has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks, prompting the government to protest a partial lockdown earlier this week. The country currently has around 190,000 confirmed cases, ranking 13th globally, while it is believed that the epidemic has not yet reached its peak.
“We are worried because we are seeing the numbers rising in Pakistan. But one thing we know about England is that their conditions are improving massively. Shops and restaurants are reopening with social disturbances Are. Once we canceled our camp in Lahore we wanted to go.
First to England, and so we are comfortable with the provisions imposed in the ECB. We will protect our players as much as possible and give them a safe environment. To allow me to play and practice matches. “