Pakistan cricketers Haider Ali, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf test positive for Coronavirus
Haider Ali, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf have tested positive for Coronavirus, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed Monday.Updated: Jun 22, 2020 23:43 IST
Pakistan cricketers Haider Ali, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf have tested positive for Coronavirus, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed Monday. As per reports, the players had shown no symptoms until they were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday ahead of their departure for the tour of England.
The PCB in its statement said that the three cricketers have been immediately asked to go under self-quarantine. They were in mix to play the limited-overs leg of the tour, which comprises three Tests and three T20Is. Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari had also been screened in Rawalpindi but have tested negative. They will now travel to Lahore on June 24, before taking a flight to Manchester on June 28 along with the rest of the players of the squad.
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. Their results are expected at some stage on Tuesday.
The chances of other players contracting the virus is not something PCB should worry about since the team has not trained together. However, this has the potential to affect the future of the tour since Pakistan are due to arrive in the UK five weeks before the series starts in August. With cricket in England expected to be played in bio-secure environment, the players, upon their arrival will put up in a bubble, which means there will be no contact with anyone outside the players’ group.
With Haris Sohail and Amir Sohail announcing last week that they won’t travel to the UK for the tour, the fact that three more cricketers are not flying to the UK just yet promises to hamper Pakistan’s chances. However, there is no such indication from the PCB or any of its official that the three cricketers cannot join the squad in time to come.
Last week, former captain and all-rounder Shahid Afridi had revealed that he had contracted the virus. In May, former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar had tested positive and was in self-isolation for a week. The only casualty from the Pakistan cricket fraternity was of Zafar Sarfraz, a former First-Class cricketer who died in April.