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Six Pakistan players get negative result in second Covid test, four test positive again

Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, however, must return a second negative result before they can join the main squad of 20 players who will leave for England on Sunday.

By: Reuters | Lahore | Updated: June 27, 2020 7:08:02 pm
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Six of the 10 Pakistan cricketers bound for England who tested positive for Covid-19 have now registered negative results on re-testing, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday.

Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz, however, must return a second negative result before they can join the main squad of 20 players who will leave for England on Sunday.

“These players were asymptomatic, which means their chances of regaining complete fitness are higher and brighter than most,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.

“As soon as these players test negative twice through the PCB testing process they will be flown to England to join the squad.”

Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan have tested positive again.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the tour on Friday, saying only that the three tests and three Twenty20s will be without spectators.

The tour was originally to begin on July 30, but the pandemic delayed all tours, and England’s three-test series against the West Indies next month isn’t scheduled to end until July 28.

Pakistan’s itinerary “will be announced in due course,” the ECB said.

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