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Six Pakistan cricketers test positive for COVID; NZC alleges protocol breach

Six members of Pakistan's squad in NZ test positive for COVID-19 after breaching quarantine protocols Covid: Pakistan cricket squad quarantined after positive tests in New Zealand
Noah Ferguson | 27 November, 2020, 11:53

The Pakistan team is scheduled to play two Test matches and three T20 matches while in New Zealand.

According to sources, those who have been tested positive for the virus include former captain Sarfraz Ahmad, Rohail Nazir, Naseem Shah, Danish Aziz, Abid Ali and Muhammad Abbas.

Khan said that PCB was informed that three to four standard operating procedures (SOPs) were violated by Pakistani cricketers.

In this file photo, Pakistan players celebrate their win in the third Twenty20 cricket match against England at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The governing body has taken action after final warning to Pakistan by New Zealand Cricket regarding the protocol breach.

Six Pakistan cricket players have tested positive for coronavirus while on tour in New Zealand, with their exemption to train during managed isolation has been put on hold pending investigations.

"What we probably need is a traffic light system so that things are much much more stringent for people coming from high risk red zone countries like Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom but actually make it easier from people from green zone countries like the Pacific and Australia where you might just need testing and some home quarantine".

"I think it is a hard time, it won't be easy for you all", he said in a message meant to the cricketers. You are talking about Pakistan - the greatest country on the planet - so behave yourself and stop giving such statements.

"The PCB should show some toughness", he said.

"If I was in their place, I would have given a statement saying that if New Zealand Cricket aren't happy, we won't play them and will bring our team back and we won't play against you for five years", he stated.

Fakhar Zaman had already been left out of the tour after developing a fever before Pakistan departed for New Zealand.

All members of the Pakistan squad will have to remain in their hotel rooms until further notice.

The fast bowler also criticised PCB for sending players on a commercial flight.

"But this time, first you went to Dubai, then to Kuala Lampur and then to Auckland". "The team as a whole has been issued with a final warning".

There is one new Covid-19 case in managed isolation in New Zealand today, in addition to the six Pakistani cricketers announced last night.

"It is a privilege to come to New Zealand to play sport, but in return teams must stick to the rules that are created to keep Covid-19 out of our communities", director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said in a statement.

"(I know) it is a hard time, it won't be easy for you all", he said in a message intended for the cricketers. "They have told me in clear terms that if we commit one more breach, they'll send us home", he added.

"It's not easy. But this is a matter of the nation's respect and credibility".

The positive results had come from tests administered upon the team's entry to New Zealand, where all arrivals have to undergo 14 days of isolation.

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