Seven more Pakistan cricketers have coronavirus: Officials

LAHORE  – Following the announcement yesterday that three players had tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed that an extra seven players and a player support personnel from a complete of 35 have tested positive for Covid-19. The PCB had organised these 35 tests in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar on Monday.

Pakistan are thanks to depart for England on Sunday before a series which will see them play three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals against England, starting in August.

Players who have tested positive are: Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz

Player who have tested negative are: Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, and Yasir Shah

Player Support Personnel, who has tested positive, is: Malang Ali (masseur)

Player Support Personnel who have tested negative are: Mansoor Rana (manager), Misbah-ul-Haq (head coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant to go coach), Younis Khan (batting coach), Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Talha Butt (team analyst), Yasir Malik (strength and conditioning coach), Dr Sohail Saleem (team doctor), Lt Col (retd) Usman Riffat (security manager) and Raza Kitchlew (media and digital content manager).

Not tested to date: Shoaib Malik, Cliffe Deacon and Waqar Younis

On Monday, Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari had tested negative, while the results of Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan were positive.

Like Haider, Haris and Shadab none of the seven players and masseur had reported any prior symptoms of Covid-19 until they underwent first round of testing on Monday before the side’s departure for Manchester.

The PCB medical panel is already in touch with these players and therefore the masseur, who are instructed to watch strict quarantine at their homes for his or her and their families’ wellbeing.

Next steps are:

The players and player support personnel, who have tested negative, will assemble during a bio-secure environment in Lahore on 24 June and can undergo second round of testing on 25 June
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 within the UK, they’re going to be tested by the ECB medical panel
The players and player support personnel, who will test negative upon arrival within the UK, will observe a quarantine period as per the united kingdom government’s regulations, but are going to be allowed to coach and practice during a bio-secure facility
The players and player support personnel, who have tested positive in pre-departure testing, will observe self-isolation in their homes and remain under strict monitoring of the PCB medical panel
As soon as they’re going to complete their minimum quarantine period, they’re going to undergo further testing and after their two tests are negative, they’re going to be flown to England on a billboard airline
Upon arrival within the UK, they’re going to be tested again by the ECB medical panel and can be allowed to integrate with the Pakistan men’s national squad after they test negative
According to series SOPs, the Pakistan men’s national cricket team will undergo, at least, five tests within the initiate to the primary test
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, “The recent positive tests of a number of the fittest athletes, who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses. As such, and on behalf of the PCB, I once more request the general public to strictly adhere to all or any safety precautions as advised and recommended by the federal and provincial governments to make sure their health and safety also as of their dear and near ones.

He said as regards the players, who have tested positive, we’ll still monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests, and as soon as they test negative, they’re going to be flown to hitch the squad in England. At the instant , they need been advised to travel into self-isolation in order that they not only recover quickly but also prevent their other relations from being infected.

“The tour to England is extremely much on target and therefore the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June. Fortunately, all the first-choice red-ball squad, barring Mohammad Rizwan, are negative, which suggests they will start training and practicing immediately after they need been tested and given the all clear once they arrive in England.

“In the meantime, Misbah-ul-Haq is reviewing the training schedule in England and is firming up plans for reserve players to be tested as a backup.”

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