The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday confirmed that three players all-rounder Shadab Khan, batsman Haider Ali and fast bowler Haris Rauf have tested positive for the coronavirus. 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 PCB, in its press release, said that all three players showed no symptoms prior to the testing they underwent in Rawalpindi on Sunday. “The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed three players – Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan – have tested positive for Covid-19,” the PCB said in a release.
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.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.