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Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman & 7 other Pakistan players test positive for Covid-19

Vishnu Vasisht

When the Pakistan cricket team was preparing to leave for the tour of England to play its first cricket series in three months, 10 players tested positive for Covid-19.

Seven more players, including Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Rizwan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasanen, Imran Khan, were found positive on Tuesday after Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Hyder Ali were found positive on Monday.

The Covid-positive results of the top players has not affected the series as Pakistan's cricketing body said that the series will take place as scheduled.

The West Indies team is already in England and the series of these two teams will resume cricket almost four months after cricketing activities were cancelled due to Coronavirus. No West Indies' player was found positive for Covid-19 before leaving for the England tour.

Pakistan will leave for England on 28 June, but they will stay in a 14-day isolation period. It is worth mentioning that among the 10 players, only Mohammad Rizwan is part of the test squad.

After reaching England, players will have to isolate themselves before starting training. There are so many ifs and buts in the whole process. Despite instructions to the players to take all possible precautions and follow the rules of social distancing, 10 have been found positive. There is no doubt that coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in Pakistan.

As far as the future of the series is concerned, the PCB has confirmed in its statement that despite the 10 out of 35 people visiting the tour being found to be Coronavirus positive, the series will go on. The CEO of the board has told people not to panic as the players have enough time to recover and participate in the series.

"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," PCB CEO, Wasim Khan told a media conference.

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