Hafeez, Wahab, Shadab test negative for COVID-19

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman are now eligible to travel to England and join the original squad that left on Sunday, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Six Pakistan cricketers, including former captain Mohammad Hafeez, have been cleared to join rest of the team in England after returning a second negative result in Covid-19 tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Tuesday. They have been told to continue self-isolating in Pakistan and will travel to England only after two negative tests.

Pakistan are due to play three Test matches against England, the first starting on 30 July, and then three Twenty20 internationals.

They will be transported to Worcester and integrate with the side after they test negative in the European Central Bank testing programme.

However, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Haider Ali and Haris Rauf tested positive for a second time.

Twenty players arrived in the United Kingdom on the squad's initial flight on 28 June.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik, who didn't fly out in the first batch of 20 players, will join the team in England on July 24 after spending some time with his family in India.

The party is completing a 14-day self-isolation period at Worcestershire's New Road, where they are able to train. They'll transfer to Derbyshire's The Incora County Ground on July 13 to accelerate their preparation ahead of the first Test, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches.

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