Pakistani cricket board (PCB) has announced ten players tested positive for corona. They were tested in order to prepare for their England series. The first three cricketers Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, and Haris Rauf were diagnosed with corona. Seven other cricketers were tested positive the very next day. Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, and Wahab Riaz are the cricketers with positive COVID-19. In addition, the team Masseuer Malang Ali (a member of support staff) was also tested positive. Shoaib Malik, Waqar Younus, and Cliffe Deacon have not been tested yet.
These positive reports of the fittest athletes left everyone shocked as there were no symptoms of corona in them. This clearly shows how dangerous corona can be and we should follow all safety precautions regarding it. Khan says in a press conference “ People should take corona seriously and should follow all instructions provided by the Federal and Provincial Government in order to take care of themselves and their surroundings as well”. Khan said “Its a matter of concern but we should not panic as we have much time”.
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Meanwhile, the players who have tested positive are advised to live in self isolation to get well soon. And to prevent their family members to get infected. They will be monitored and conducted antibody tests until they test negative. Once they get negative they will be flown to England to join their squad. After reaching England they will be tested again.
The England tour is on track and the team members will depart on June 28, 2020. Fortunately, the first choice red-ball squad barring Mohammad Rizwan is tested negative which means they can continue their training and practicing until they have given all clear when they arrive in England.
According to PCB, all the players who have tested negative will undergo a second test on June 25, 2020. those who have tested negative will go to England where there will another test in 24 hours of their arrival where they will be kept in isolation for 15 days, as per UK Government Regulations. During this time they will be able to continue their practicing in a safe environment.
Players who are tested and will be tested positive will complete their fifteen days quarantine or until they undergo two negative tests. If the players are not adhering and again tested positive they will not be able to go to England.