Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez, 8 other Pakistan cricketers test positive for COVID-19 ahead of England tour
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday that seven of its International cricketers have tested Positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total number of Pakistani cricketers who have tested positive to ten.
The players who have tested positive include Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Earlier on Monday, Pakistan's Haris Rauf, Haidar Ali and Shadab Khan too had tested positive.
Ahead of the England tour which was scheduled to start from later this month, PCB said that it tested 35 players and support staff members, of which ten players and one support staff member tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Following the announcement yesterday that three players had tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed that a further seven players and a player support personnel from a total of 35 have tested positive for Covid-19,” PCB said in a press statement.
Pakistani Cricket Team and officials are due to leave for England to play three Tests and the same number of T20 matches on June 28th.
However, the PCB CEO said that the tour to England remains very much on track and Pakistanis will depart as per schedule on 28 June.
"It is a matter of concern but we shouldn't panic at this time as we have time on our hands," PCB CEO Wasim Khan was quoted as saying by the media.
"It is not a great situation to be in and what it shows is these are 10 fit and young athletes...if it can happen to players it can happen to anyone," he added.
The board said that all its players and one support staff who tested positive were asymptomatic and prior to the testing showed no symptoms of Coronavirus. The remaining players and support staff who have tested negative will go another round of testing in Lahore on June 25th.
"The players and player support personnel, who have tested negative, will assemble in a bio-secure environment in Lahore on 24 June and will undergo a second round of testing on 25 June," PCB's press statement said.
According to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-tracker, Pakistan has confirmed over 188,000 COVID cases with the fatality count close to 4,000. The country has seen a sharp spike in cases after the lockdown was lifted weeks earlier.
Posted By: Talib Khan