Before the Pakistan Cricket team departed for England, they underwent tests for the Corona Virus after which 10 of the cricketers were found to be positive. The team left for the England vs Pakistan Test series leaving behind the 10 players. After the second test was held, six of the players, including Mohammad Hafeez was tested negative. They will now join the squad to play the tournament in England.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz have been found negative in the latest round of testing conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. “The players were retested on Monday, 29 June, following a first negative test on 26 June,” the PCB said in a statement on Tuesday.
The PCB said six players “are now eligible to join the Pakistan men’s national cricket team in Worcestershire.”
“The PCB will now start making their travel arrangements and the departure details will be shared in due course,” the Board added.
After being tested positive, Hafeez had gone for a second test to a private hospital. The results came negative. This made Hafeez create a stir in the media.
Hafeez created a stir
“After Tested positive COVID-19 acc to PCB testing Report yesterday, as 2nd opinion & for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family and here I along with my all family members are reported Negative (sic) Alham du Lillah. May Allah keeps us all safe,” Hafeez tweeted.
The former star cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar said that Hafeez should have confronted the PCB rather than posting his test result on Twitter. “PCB showed a bit of mismanagement, we just started doing random testing of players, now players have tested positive for coronavirus, the worst-hit area due to coronavirus is maybe Lahore, then it is Karachi. I am sure that if you keep on testing, you will get more and more positive results,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
“Now, the tests are done, my advice to Hafeez was to go for the retest, 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. The tour of England is important for Pakistan, we need to send our solid team there if we want to win the Test series,” he added.
The England vs Pakistan Test series is all set to start in August. The teams will play three Test matches and three T20Is. The team has reached England on Sunday and will stay in self-isolation for two weeks before starting the preparations.