Cricket

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman among six players found to be negative in COVID-19 retest

Six of the 10 Pakistan cricketers bound for England who tested positive for COVID-19 have now registered negative results on re-testing, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman among six players found to be negative in COVID-19 retest

Six of the 10 Pakistan cricketers bound for England who tested positive for COVID-19 have now registered negative results on re-testing, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday.

Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, however, must return a second negative result before they can join the main squad of 20 players who will leave for England on Sunday.

File image of Mohammad Hafeez. Reuters

File image of Mohammad Hafeez. Reuters

“These players were asymptomatic, which means their chances of regaining complete fitness are higher and brighter than most,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.

“As soon as these players test negative twice through the PCB testing process they will be flown to England to join the squad.”

Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan have tested positive again.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Test matches and three T20 internationals behind closed doors in August-September, although the exact dates and venues have not been announced yet.

After reaching Manchester on Sunday, the players will undergo COVID-19 tests before moving to Worcestershire for a 14-day isolation period, the PCB said.

Test captain Azhar Ali and limited-overs skippers Babar Azam will be in the first batch of players, accompanied by head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

Fast bowling coach Waqar Younis will travel to England from Australia, while Twenty20 specialist Shoaib Malik has been allowed to join late after meeting his family in India.

“With the Test series being played first in August, Misbah is satisfied with the group of players that are travelling on Sunday as the focus will be on red-ball preparation,” the PCB CEO added.

Updated Date: June 27, 2020 20:53:10 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Day 5 at Galle, Full Cricket Score: Hosts win by 261 runs, level series
First Cricket News

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Day 5 at Galle, Full Cricket Score: Hosts win by 261 runs, level series

Pakistan resume from their overnight score of 89/1, needing another 419 to complete a 2-0 Test series sweep against Sri Lanka.

India vs Pakistan CWG 2022 HIGHLIGHTS: India thump Pakistan by 8 wickets
First Cricket News

India vs Pakistan CWG 2022 HIGHLIGHTS: India thump Pakistan by 8 wickets

India vs Pakistan CWG 2022 HIGHLIGHTS: India have got crucial points in CWG 2022 as they beat Pakistan by 8 wickets with Smriti Mandhana notching up an unbeaten half-century

Asia Cup 2022: 'Ye rona dhona toh bohot puraana hai': Ex-Pakistan cricketer slams PCB for 'unsettled' Squad
First Cricket News

Asia Cup 2022: 'Ye rona dhona toh bohot puraana hai': Ex-Pakistan cricketer slams PCB for 'unsettled' Squad

Ahmed Tauseef expected experienced Shoaib Malik to be part of the Asia Cup squad, but he has not been selected.