Only a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board said as many as seven new players have been tested positive for the global virus, former captain, Mohammad Hafeez, who was one amongst the list, took to Twitter to confirm that he is completely fine and has been tested negative after a second consultation.
"After Tested positive acc to PCB testing Report yesterday,as 2nd opinion & for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family and here I along with my all family members are reported Negative Alham du Lillah. May Allah keep us all safe ," he wrote.
After Tested positive COVID-19 acc to PCB testing Report yesterday,as 2nd opinion & for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family and here I along with my all family members are reported Negetive Alham du Lillah. May Allah keep us all safe 🤲🏼 pic.twitter.com/qy0QgUvte0— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) June 24, 2020
On Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board organised tests for as many as 35 players in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. And as per the results, the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz were tested positive. Furthermore, the team’s massage therapist was also tested positive.
The news came only a few days after three Pakistani cricketers - Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Haider Ali - were tested positive on Monday.
Players tested negative: Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, and Yasir Shah.
Meanwhile, Pakistan are due to depart for England on Sunday ahead of a series that will see them play three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals against England, starting in August. But despite the new cases, PCH chief Wasim Khan insisted the tour would still go ahead.
"The tour is very much on the track and the squad will depart as per schedule on June 28th," said Khan.
"Fortunately, all first-choice Test players, barring wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, are negative which means they can start training immediately after they are tested and given all clear when they arrive in UK," he added.
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