On Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that three national players including all-rounder Shadab Khan, uncapped teenage batsman Haider Ali and fast bowler Haris Rauf have tested positive for the coronavirus. In a press release regarding the same, the PCB. said that all three players showed no symptoms prior to the testing they underwent in Rawalpindi on Sunday.
PC B’s statement read: “The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed three players – Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan – have tested positive for Covid-19. The players had shown no symptoms until they were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday ahead of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s tour to England.”
The PCB also added that the players have been advised to practice self-isolation with immediate effect.
The statement further read: “The PCB medical panel is in contact with the three who have been advised to immediately go into self-isolation”.
Two other players Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari who also underwent the test in Rawalpindi have been tested negative for the virus. Both of them will be traveling to Lahore on June 24 before leaving for the England tour. However, the board also explained that all the other players and team officials except senior cricketer Shoaib Malik, bowling coach Waqar Younis and Cliffe Deacon got themselves tested at their respective centers, and their results are expected to arrive on Tuesday.
PCB’s statement further explained, “The other players and team officials, barring Cliffe Deacon, Shoaib Malik and Waqar Younis, underwent tests at their respective centres in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar on Monday.”
Pakistan team is expected to travel to England on June 28 for a bio-secure tour comprising three Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
The Test series is scheduled to commence at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium from August 5-9, while the second and third Tests will be played in Southampton from August 13-17 and 21-25 respectively. The three T20Is will all be played in Southampton on August 28, 30, and September 1.