Friday, 03 July, 2020


Ten players dropped from Pakistan's England tour over Covid-19

Babar Azam Shadaba Khan Sarfaraz Ahmed Imam-ul Haq and Shan Masood before departing for England tour Babar Azam Shadaba Khan Sarfaraz Ahmed Imam-ul Haq and Shan Masood before departing for England tour
Noah Ferguson | 29 June, 2020, 22:54

On Saturday, Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, announced that six of those ten players returned negative results when they were tested for the second time.

Following advice from leading sports science experts and as per the United Kingdom government regulations, players who have tested positive during the PCB testing process will be unable to travel on Sunday.

Pakistan are slated to play three Tests and as many T20Is against England.

The ECB, however, stated that all those players of the Pakistan team who have been tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday.

"PCB should have kept these players [who tested positive] at the NCA, because there is enough space there, rather than telling them to self-isolate at their homes". "Now, the tests are done, my advice to Hafeez was to go for the re-test, but he should not have posted the result of his second Test on Twitter, he should have confronted the PCB, you should not get on bad terms with the board".

'This was a challenging and unprecedented process that we have conducted and I am pleased that following a second round of testing, we are able to confirm 20 players and 11 player support personnel will travel to Manchester on Sunday, ' said Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan.

"Eighteen players who had tested negative in their first round of testing have again tested negative as have 11 officials from the team management", said Wasim.

As per the PCB testing programme, players who have tested positive have to show two negative tests before entering England in adherence to the United Kingdom government regulations.

Players Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti first tested positive earlier this week.

The PCB originally had picked a 29-member playing squad for the England tour.

He added that bowling coach Waqar Younis underwent testing in Australia and has been diagnosed negative.

Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Mohammad Nawaz - who were named as reserves earlier in the week - don't find a spot in the touring party.

After reaching England, the squad will undergo the England and Wales Cricket Board testing at Worcestershire followed by a 14-day isolation period, during which they can train.

England return to action following the Covid-19 stoppage with three tests against the West Indies next month with the first scheduled to begin in Southampton on July 8 without fans.

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