Seven more Pakistani cricketers test positive for COVID-19

Seven Pakistani cricketers

After the initial three players, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday that seven more Pakistani cricketers tested positive for the Covid-19.

The number of coronavirus positive cases in the Pakistan cricket team are shockingly increasing. After the first big blow for Pakistan Cricket Board when Right Arm Spinner Shadab Khan along with Haider Ali and Haris Rauf contracted coronavirus, another 7 Pakistani players are now diagnosed with COVID-19 which brings the tally to 10 national cricketers testing positive for the infectious virus.

The news came after Pakistan was all ready to tour England, where both the teams were to play three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals starting in August.

Total COVID-19 positive Pakistani cricketers:

Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Muhammad Hasnain, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Muhammad RIzwan, Wahab Riaz, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf.

The news was confirmed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that now a total of 10 players out of the squad selected for the England tour found COVID-19 positive. The PCB had conducted 35 tests on Monday in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar.

During the first round of medical testing Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, and Haris Rauf tested positive for COVID-19, and it followed by the second round of medical testing when another seven Pakistani cricketers were tested Covid-19 positive.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan revealed in a press conference that none of the players showed any symptoms regarding the virus before going for the tests.

With this fast-changing squad situation on the ground, PCB announced that all players who tested negative will assemble in a bio-secure environment on June 24 in Lahore, and undergo a second round of testing.

Furthermore, Wasim Khan said that although it’s a moment of worry there is no need to panic as we have time to think.

The Pakistan Cricket Board medical panel recommended players to go into self-isolation immediately.

Now the chances of traveling of the team with these players are in doubt and PCB is looking for the replacement of the players.

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