On Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that three Pakistan cricketers have been tested positive for the COVID-19 infection. The three players include all-rounder Shadab Khan, uncapped teenage batsman Haider Ali and pacer Haris Rauf.
The PCB in its press release said that all the three players showed no prior symptoms before getting themselves tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday. In the press release, PCB said, “The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed three players – Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan – have tested positive for Covid-19.”
The press release further read, “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.”
PCB also confirmed that the three players have been advised to self-isolate themselves with immediate effect. The statement read, “The PCB medical panel is in contact with the three who have been advised to immediately go into self-isolation.”
The other two players Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari who also got themselves tested in Rawalpindi have tested negative for the virus. Both of them will travel to Lahore on June 24 before leaving for the England tour.
The PCB further added that other players and team officials except for 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 later on Tuesday.
The Pakistan cricket team will travel to England on June 28 for a bio-secure tour comprising of three Test matches, and also three T20 International matches.
The Test series will commence with Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium hosting the first match from August 5-9, while the second and third Test will be played from August 13-17 and 21-25 respectively in Southampton.
While the three T20Is will all be played on August 28, 30, and September 1, in Southampton.
A couple of weeks back, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi also tested positive for the coronavirus infection.