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Pakistan Trio Test Positive Ahead of England Tour

Pakistan Trio Test Positive Ahead of England Tour Photo: TT
Pakistan's Haris Rauf (2L) celebrates with teammates the wicket of Bangladesh's Mahmudullah Riyad during the second T20 international cricket match

Three Pakistani players have tested positive to coronavirus ahead of the team’s departure for the United Kingdom for an upcoming series against England.

Pakistan trio Shadab Khan, Haider Ali and Haris Rauf - who was a star during the 2019-20 Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars - all tested positive upon the first five tests within the squad.

The Pakistani squad had assembled in Rawalpindi for a training camp ahead of the tour which includes three Tests and three T20 Internationals against England in August.

Pakistan were due to fly from Lahore to Manchester on June 28, but all three players must self isolate and will not travel yet.

The trio were all asymptomatic, sparking fears of further spread within the Pakistan squad, which could derail the tour altogether.

However, all three players who tested positive are white ball players, rather than Test regulars, which bodes well as the T20I series takes place from August 28 to September 1, while the Tests will be played earlier.

The First Test commences at Manchester’s Old Trafford on August 5 followed by matches at Southampton’s Rose Bowl on August 13 and August 21.

An additional 23 players and staff have since been tested across Pakistan, with the results due on Tuesday. All 29 players whom are part of the squad to travel to the UK will be tested twice prior to any departure.

Players will also be tested upon arrival in the UK before they can commence training in biosecure environments during quarantine.

Pakistan Cricket Board’s director of medical and sports sciences Dr Sohail Saleem: “After every five-seven days we will be carrying out testing of the players in the UK.

“Three days before the start of the first Test another round of testing of all the players will be done and if a player tests positive, he will be quarantined.

“We have set the protocol with the England and Wales Cricket Board.”

Ben somerford
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