The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday, announced that three players included in the squad for England tour have been diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus.
According to the press release issued by PCB, leg-spinner Shadab Khan, fast bowler and batsmen Haris Rauf and Haider Ali have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.
“The players had shown no symptoms until they were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday ahead of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s tour to England,” read the official statement issued by PCB.
Furthermore, the cricket board has reaffirmed that the PCB medical panel is in contact with the three who have been advised to immediately go into self-isolation.
In addition to it, around 23 players 12 team officials including Cliffe Deacon, Shoaib Malik and Waqar Younis and others were also tested on Monday and await their results. Meanwhile, Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari were screened in Rawalpindi and have tested negative for the novel virus.
The development is a big setback to Pakistan cricket team as the 29-member squad is scheduled to depart for England on June 28 for three-Test and three T20I matches from July 30 to September 2.
The 29-member Pakistani squad includes Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (test captain), Babar Azam (T20 captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah.