COVID-19: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez among 10 Pakistani cricketers tested positive

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Seven more Pakistan cricketers, including Muhammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, selected for the tour of England have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total to ten, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed on Tuesday.

The seven who tested positive on Tuesday are Kashif Bhatti, Muhammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Rizwan, Imran Khan, Hafeez and Riaz, reported a news agency, Press Trust of India.

Shadab Khan, Haider Ali and Haris Rauf had returned positive tests on Monday.

“It is not a great situation to be in and what it shows is these are 10 fit and young athletes…if it can happen to players it can happen to anyone,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO, Wasim Khan told a media conference.

He said a support staff member, masseur Malang Ali, had also tested positive for COVID-19.

Mr. Khan said that the players and officials would now assemble in Lahore and another round of tests would be carried out on 25 June and a revised squad would be announced the next day.

“It is a matter of concern but we shouldn’t panic at this time as we have time on our hands,” Mr. Khan said. He said the players and officials would be retested on reaching England.

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