10 players dropped from Pakistan's England tour over coronavirus: PCB

Ruben Hill
June 29, 2020

All members of Pakistan's touring party will have been tested prior to travel, the European Central Bank said, with those testing positive for Covid-19 not permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday.

"The private test they [Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz] chose to have carried out was outside the PCB testing process". The board, clearly upset with Hafeez's refusal to go into quarantine gave him a rap on the knuckles.

"So while they have now had two negative tests, they will have to get tested again to get two negative tests in a row that are in accordance with PCB's testing process and the protocols we have set up", PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in a statement.

"This is a very intriguing situation for the board".

Those players did not board the plane on Sunday, though, as having tested positive initially they must now receive two negative tests in order to travel - their third tests will take place some time next week.

"PCB should have kept these players [who tested positive] at the NCA, because there is enough space there, rather than telling them to self-isolate at their homes". His remarks came as 20-members of Pakistan cricket team will head to England to take part in three Tests and three T20Is.

Pakistan will tour England for a Test and T20I series, which will get underway from July 30 with the T20I series concluding in the first week of September.

Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Mohammad Nawaz - who were named as reserves earlier in the week - don't find a spot in the touring party.

Upon arrival in Manchester, the squad will be transported to Worcestershire where they will undergo the England and Wales Cricket Board testing before completing their 14-day isolation period, during which they will be allowed to train and practice.

Akhtar said that Hafeez should have confronted the PCB rather than posting his test result on Twitter.

Physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon and bowling coach Waqar Younis will join the side directly from South Africa and Australia, respectively, while all-rounder Shoaib Malik is expected to travel around July 24 after spending time with his family having not seen them for five months.

Players Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti first tested positive earlier this week.

The squad to fly on Sunday is: Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (Twenty20 captain), Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Imad Wasim, and Yasir Shah.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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