Seven more Pakistani cricketers test positive for COVID-19, informs PCB

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Published on: Jun 24, 2020

After the announcement that three Pakistan players had tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday informed that seven more players have been infected by COVID-19.

Through a press release, PCB announced the name of the seven players -- Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz. Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Shadab Khan had tested positive on Monday, which means the total count of players having tested positive for Coronavirus has now risen to 10.

The PCB release mentioned that 35 players and support staff members were tested for Corona ahead of the England tour. The results saw 10 players and one support staff personnel testing positive. Pakistan is scheduled to leave for the England tour on June 28. And, despite the recent developments, the PCB CEO Wasim Khan stated said the tour is "very much on track"

"Following the announcement yesterday that three players had tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed that a further seven players and a player support personnel from a total of 35 have tested positive for Covid-19," the PCB media release read.

"It is not a great situation to be in and what it shows is these are 10 fit and young athletes...if it can happen to players it can happen to anyone," PCB CEO, Wasim Khan admitted at a press conference

"It is a matter of concern but we shouldn't panic at this time as we have time on our hands. The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June. As mentioned in on Monday, senior cricketer Shoiab Malik, bowling coach Waqar Younis and physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon are yet to be tested,” he added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board further informed that none of the infected players displayed any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the testing.

"Like Haider, Haris and Shadab none of the seven players and masseur had reported any prior symptoms of COVID-19 until they underwent first round of testing on Monday ahead of the side's departure for Manchester," the press release added.

The players who have tested positive will remain in quarantine in their houses. The other players and support staff will undergo a second round of testing in Lahore on June 25.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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