With the recent outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of people are being tested positive every day. Along with common people, cricketers are being tested positive. On Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that 7 more Pakistan Cricketers tests positive for the coronavirus, taking the count to 10.
The seven affected players are Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz, said the PCB, in its press release, who tested positive on Tuesday. Previously, Haris Rauf, Haidar Ali and Shadab Khan had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
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“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,” the PCB said in its media release.
The PCB also stated that a total of 35 players and staffs were tested for the virus as the England Tour was ahead. Among them, 10 players and one support staff have tested positive.
Pakistan Tour of England will commence in August and the team is due to leave for England on 28th June. The team will play three Test matches and as many T20Is. The PCB CEO has also said that the tour is still on track although many of its players have tested positive.
“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,” PCB CEO, Wasim Khan told a press conference.
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“It is a matter of concern but we shouldn’t panic at this time as we have time on our hands,” he added.
“The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June,” said the PCB CEO.
“As mentioned in on Monday, senior cricketer Shoiab Malik, bowling coach Waqar Younis and physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon are yet to be tested.”
The cricket board also confirmed that none of the cricketers showed any symptoms of the disease before the testing was done.
“Like Haider, Haris and Shadab none of the seven players and masseur had reported any prior symptoms of COVID-19 until they underwent the first round of testing on Monday ahead of the side’s departure for Manchester,” stated the release.
As of now, the cricketers who have tested positive for the disease are asked to stay in self-isolation in their respective homes. The remaining players, as well as the staff members, will undergo a second round of testing on 25th June.
“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 second round of testing on 25 June,” it said.
After the players have cleared the second round of tests, they will depart for Manchester on a chartered flight where they will again be tested by the England Cricket Board Medical Panel.
“The players and player support personnel, who will test negative on 25 June, will depart for Manchester on a chartered flight. Within 24 after hours after arriving in the UK, they will be tested by the ECB medical panel,” said the PCB.
Two days ago, Bangladesh former captain, Mashrafe Mortaza tested positive for the coronavirus after the star cricketer, Shahid Afridi. Now 10 Pakistan Cricketers tests positive and this has surely created a panic among the cricket fraternity.