LAHORE: Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hasnain will fly off and join the Pakistan cricket team in England after they tested negative for the coronavirus a second time.
The Pakistan Cricket Committee said in a statement that following the first negative test on June 26, players conducted a retest on Monday, June 29, adding that they will now begin to arrange travel for players.
After they tested the corona virus positive at least once, ten players were excluded from the team heading to England over the weekend.
Shadab, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Fakhar, Rizwan, Riaz, Imran Khan, Hafeez, Hasnain and Kashif Bhatti tested positive for the first time last week.
In addition to seven players, after 35 tests of COVID-19 in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar with cricket, a support staff (masseur) also contracted the disease.
Hafeez, however, said a day later that he had negatively tested the virus.
“After tested positive COVID-19 according to PCB testing report yesterday, as second opinion and for satisfaction I personally went to test it again along with my family,” Hafeez had said.
A depleted Pakistan squad arrived in England on Sunday to play three Tests and as many T20Is. The squad will have a 14-day isolation period on arrival before continuing their preparations ahead of the first Test with two internal four-day warm-up matches.
It is expected that the first Test will take place in Manchester in August but the England and Wales Cricket Board said the behind-closed-doors match schedule would be announced in “due course”.