Pakistan player tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of South Africa, Zimbabwe tour

Pakistan player tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of South Africa, Zimbabwe tour

By Web Desk
March 17, 2021
One player tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of African tour / Photo: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced that one player in men's national cricket squad tested positive during the first round of Covid-19 testing ahead of the upcoming tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“All squad members have tested negative, except for one player,” the PCB said in a statement.

A total of 35 tests were conducted on the Africa-bound Pakistan men’s national cricket squad on Tuesday.

The PCB said that those players who cleared the test will join the training camp set for the upcoming series. “Those who have tested negative will now assemble in Lahore on Thursday, 18 March, for the training camp, which will commence at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday,” the statement added.

While the identity of the player who tested positive has not been revealed, the PCB said the player will have return a negative test before joining the camp in Lahore. “The player who has tested positive will undergo a repeat test on Thursday at his residence,” the statement said.

“If he tests negative, only then he will be eligible to travel to Lahore where he will remain in isolation for two more days before being retested.”

Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20Is against South Africa early April after which the team will depart for Zimbabwe to play two Tests and three T20Is. 

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