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Pakistan Squad to Fly to England on Sunday Despite Positive Tests

Pakistan Squad to Fly to England on Sunday Despite Positive Tests Photo: TT
Pakistan's bowler Yasir Shah (C) celebrates with captain Azhar Ali (L) and Shaheen Shah Afridi after taking last wicket of Bangladesh's Abu Jayed during the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Rawalpindi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to fly its national squad to the United Kingdom this weekend for the upcoming tour despite numerous positive coronavirus tests this week.

Ten Pakistan players and one support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 this week, while a further five players underwent tests on Thursday, with the PCB to reveal their results on Saturday.

Despite that the PCB will forge ahead with plans to fly squad and support staff members who’ve not tested positive to the United Kingdom on Sunday ahead of the tour which includes three Tests and three T20 Internationals.

The 10 players who’ve tested positive - Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz - will not fly until they’re cleared of the coronavirus.

Hafeez is understood to have undertaken a test himself, along with his family, which returned a negative result, although the PCB will likely require him to undergo their process to be cleared to travel.

The PCB is expected to announce its advance travel party on Saturday, with the first match starting in Manchester on August 5.

The Pakistan group will be required to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine period upon arrival.

Both PCB CEO Wasim Khan and England director of cricket Ashley Giles have insisted the situation will not threaten the series going ahead, with matches still more than five weeks away.

Pakistan’s coronavirus curve has gone upwards this month, although its showing some signs of decline after reaching a peak of almost 7,000 new daily cases down to 4,044 daily cases on Thursday.

There are more than 196,000 confirmed cases in Pakistan, with 3,962 recorded deaths.

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